Politicians Respond to Bevin's Remarks on Teacher Protests

Posted April 18, 2018

Kentucky's governor has apologized for his explosive comments suggesting that teachers striking during a budget battle had exposed unattended children to sexual abuse. "I'm offended by the idea that people so cavalierly and so flippantly disregarded what's truly best for children".

"I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said", Bevin said on his YouTube and Twitter page Sunday.

"It is not my intent to hurt anybody in the process, but to help us all move forward together", he said.

"Many people have been confused or hurt or just misunderstand what it was that I was trying to communicate".

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.

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A stronger public education system goes against everything Bevin and his GOP colleagues stand for.

"I am grateful for Secretary Heiner's skilled and selfless leadership of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet over these past two and a half years", Bevin said in a statement.

In one of its final acts of 2018, the Kentucky House of Representatives, where Republicans hold 63 of out of 100 seats, approved two resolutions formally condemning Bevin's comments. "You are quite right - we all need each other".

Last Friday, he told reporters that these striking teachers were responsible for "hundreds of thousands" of children being left home alone and all the dangers they then face.

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

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Bevin said some people misunderstood his words.

His comments Friday were the latest in a long string of comments teachers have found insulting, but Sunday marked the first time he attempted to apologize.

"In his apology, Bevin said", I appreciate so much that has been done in recent days and weeks as we've tried to get both our economic house in order but to make sure that we shore up the very pension system that now is the worst funded in the United States of America.

"Governor Bevin claims there was a misunderstanding, but 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", Adkins said in a statement.

Democratic Rep. Attica Scott, of Louisville, called on Bevin to resign. "His insults of teachers over the past year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official".

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