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Kentucky governor apologizes after comments on teacher protests

Kentucky governor apologizes after comments on teacher protests

After the day's events, Bevin made the comment about teachers to a group of reporters outside the Capitol.

Republican Governor Matt Bevin issued the four-minute apology video on Sunday, saying that many people misunderstood and "did not fully appreciate" his earlier statement.

He also said there was foul language on signs carried by protesting teachers.

"Gov. Bevin's comments last night saying teachers rallying in Frankfort led to children being sexually abused are morally reprehensible and must be condemned by all Kentuckians".

Bevin, who would see his veto of an education-boosting state budget overridden by state lawmakers, characterized the attitudes of protesting teachers as cavalier and flippant about student safety.

"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", Bevin said Friday. "It is my absolute, sincere, apology to you".




Kentucky's Republican-majority House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution on Saturday criticizing the governor's comments, and the Republican state Senate president said Bevin should apologise, according to local media.

There were at least 44 school districts that closed because teachers called in sick to attend the rally.

At a video statement on Sunday, Bevin stated: & "I'm sorry each of youpersonally, that has been hurt by things I't explained". "And so to the extent that I do that well, great, and to the times when I don't do it well, that's on me". And to the times when I don't do it well, that's on me.

Robin Cooper, an occupational therapist in Fayette County, the state's second-largest public faculty district, was among the many 1000's of educators protesting on the Capitol in current weeks. That's not much of an apology.

'I think he's gotten so much heat that he had to say something, ' Cooper said. It was nonetheless him defending his phrases.

House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, said in a statement that while Bevin claims there was a misunderstanding, "the people of Kentucky heard loud and clear what he said and today's video shows he still does not comprehend why so many were understandably upset". I do not understand how we will misunderstand his intent. "So that just kind of makes me angry". "His insults of teachers over the previous year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official".