Kentucky House Rebukes Bevin For Saying Teacher Protest Caused Child Abuse

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Some educators on social media said they would wear black on Monday as a show of solidarity against what they viewed as Gov. Matt Bevin's negative comments about teachers.

Matt Bevin apologized Sunday for saying that youngsters had been sexually abused as a result of they had been left house alone whereas lecturers rallied to ask lawmakers to override his vetoes.

At a video statement on Sunday, Bevin stated: & "I'm sorry each of youpersonally, that has been hurt by things I't explained".

"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.

"It is my responsibility to represent you, not only when I'm speaking to you but also when I'm speaking on your behalf".

Bevin said he takes responsibility for not making his statement clear enough to understand. However, officials from both Erlanger-Elsemere and Bellevue said Bevin's proposed education cuts - not the one-day absence of teachers - would "severely reduce" services that provide forms of childcare before and after school, including kindergarten, preschool and tutoring. "It is not my intent to hurt anybody in this process".

Let's work together, we need to work together, frankly, we're all in this boat, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, together, our children, our grandchildren, their futures depend upon us.

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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.

At least 44 school districts across Kentucky closed on Friday after thousands of teachers called in sick to attend a rally at the state capital, NBC affiliate WAVE of Louisville reported.

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

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. "If we want to create a world without child abuse, we can not tolerate the governor's comments".

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. "His insults of teachers over the previous year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official".

Democrats quickly condemned Bevin's comments. "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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