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". "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". It is not my intent to hurt anyone, but to help us all move forward.
In the video, Bevin thanks people who "understood what I was saying", but admitted that a "tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate" his comments. We need each other.
In a rare off-the-cuff interview with reporters in Frankfort on Friday evening, Gov. Matt Bevin (R-Kentucky) said teachers who called in sick to protest put children's lives in danger.
Teachers got the blame, as Bevin said some single parents can not afford childcare and can not afford to take time off work to watch their children.
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.
At a video statement on Sunday, Bevin stated: & "I'm sorry each of youpersonally, that has been hurt by things I't explained".
The Republican-majority House voted to override his vetoes. Our prevention training efforts have reached more than 3,000 Kentuckians.
Bevin said he has several family members who are public school teachers and said the issue is "near and dear" to him. "If we want to create a world without child abuse, we can not tolerate the governor's comments".
"The statements made by Governor Bevin yesterday insinuating that Kentucky teachers are somehow responsible for sexual assault, drug addiction, and neglect is reprehensible and repugnant".
Kentucky's governor is facing backlash after he claimed that widespread school closures spurred by teacher demonstrations led to unattended children being sexually assaulted, poisoned and exposed to drugs. "His insults of teachers over the a year ago have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official". Time and time again we hear this demeaning rhetoric spewed, attacking our public educators and public employees. "As a mother, suggesting children were abused as a prop for his political rhetoric is disturbing and absurdly in poor taste".
Democrats quickly condemned Bevin's comments.