Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Kentucky governor says teachers' strike left children vulnerable to sexual assault

Kentucky governor says teachers' strike left children vulnerable to sexual assault

In response to the school closures due to the teacher protests, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said that he could "guarantee" that children were being sexually assaulted and poisoned because they were home alone instead of at school.

He said of the teachers protesting that he saw "a lot of people hanging out, shoes-off, smoking, leaving trash around, taking the day off".

"Do you know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone?" "We're in this together". "It is not my intent to hurt anybody in this process". "Let's work together, we need to work together", he said.

Home Minority Flooring Chief Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, stated in a press release that whereas Bevin claims there was a misunderstanding, "the folks of Kentucky heard loud and clear what he stated and in the present day's video exhibits he nonetheless doesn't comprehend why so many had been understandably upset".

Bevin's comments received bipartisan backlash in the state.

"Clearly a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating or what it was that I was trying to say", Bevin said.

Thousands of teachers descended on the state Capitol Friday to call for more education funding and protest recent changes made to retirement benefits for current and future public workers.


Bevin on Sunday in a social media post on Facebook apologized if his comments hurt anyone.

Protesters prevailed, as both the House and Senate voted to override Bevin's veto of the budget and tax plan.

Governor Bevin voiced his frustrations for what he believes is a disregard for what is best for children.

In an interview with an WDRB-TV tv reporter Friday, the governor said he could guarantee that somewhere in Kentucky a young child was sexually attacked after being abandoned with no supervision on account of the walk out.

Bevin said he has several family members who are public school teachers and said the issue is "near and dear" to him.

"His insults of teachers over the past year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official", Nishimuta wrote in a statement. "The Kentucky Senate Democratic Caucus condemns these types of demeaning and degrading statements directed at our teachers and public employees by the Governor". "As a mother, suggesting children were abused as a prop for his political rhetoric is disturbing and absurdly in poor taste".

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