Kentucky governor apologises for saying teacher strike led to sexual assaults
Apr 16 2018 by Desiree Burns
"For those of you who have been hurt, it is my absolute, honest apology to you", Bevin said.
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.
In his apology video, Bevin thanked people who "understood what I'm saying". Bevin's comments came shortly after Republican lawmakers voted to override his vetoes of an operating budget that included increased spending for public education with the help of an accompanying tax increase.
Kentucky's Republican-majority home of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution on Saturday criticizing the Senate'therefore feedback, and also the Republican state Senate president mentioned Bevin should apologize, based on community press.
Matt Bevin (R) apologized Sunday for suggesting statewide teacher protests exposed children to sexual assault or poison at home.
However, he now takes back the tasteless comparison in a Facebook post: "It is my responsibility to represent you, not only when I'm speaking to you but also when I'm speaking on your behalf".
FRANKFORT- Hours after Governor Bevin insinuated children were being sexually assaulted due to the thousands of teachers protesting at the Capitol, parents and teachers say they are disgusted by his comments.
Bevin posted a video to his Twitter account Sunday in an effort to explain his comments. 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.
"Many people have been confused or hurt or just misunderstand what it was that I was trying to communicate". That's not much of an apology.
"We can't be so consumed with the financial that we fail to appreciate the ripple effect of the real people that are involved", Bevin said on Sunday. It was still him defending his words. So I don't know, thin skinned I guess?
"His insults of teachers over the previous year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official", Nishimuta wrote in a statement. "If anyone asks me for my advice, I would say that they should come out and make a statement, either clarifying it or being apologetic and getting the statement behind them".