Kentucky governor apologizes after comments on teacher protests

Gov. Bevin indirectly addresses sexual assault comments in video message

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin apologized on Sunday for saying a week the teacher walk out that closed colleges in a lot of their nation's districts led to children being sexually attacked.

In an interview with a WDRB-TV television reporter on Friday, the Republican governor said he could guarantee that somewhere in Kentucky a child was sexually assaulted after being left home with no supervision because of the walkout. "I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn't have enough money to take care of them".

Bevin posted a video to his Twitter account Sunday in an effort to explain his comments.

Politicians have responded to Governor Matt Bevin's apology, hours after it was posted on social media Sunday.

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"It is my accountability to symbolize you, not exclusively after I'm talking to you, however after I'm talking in your behalf in methods which might be clear, which might be understood, that do not harm folks and do not confuse folks", he stated. He added, "I know a tremendous amount of people didn't fully appreciate what I was communicating".

But Koenig noted he had many constituents call him and ask that he vote to override Bevin's veto of the two-year operating budget that included increased classroom spending.

Bevin reportedly also complained of the teachers sprawled across the capitol grounds, telling reporters he saw them smoking and "leaving trash around".

Those comments sparked backlash and responses from the Kentucky Attorney General, The Senate and House Democratic Caucuses, GOP Senator Damon Thayer, and KEA President Stephanie Winkler.

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"And so the extent that I try this effectively, nice". And to the times when I don't do it well, that's on me. On Saturday, she vowed not to do it again.

Robin Cooper, an occupational therapist in Fayette County, the state's second-largest public school district, was among the thousands of educators protesting at the Capitol in recent weeks. That's not much of an apology.

"I think it's unfortunate that some statements that have been made will overshadow some of the good work that we've done in this session", Osborne said. 'But it still wasn't an apology. Everyone heard his words. I do not understand how we will misunderstand his intent.

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