Senator Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, who chairs the education committee, rebuked the governor for his comments, tweeting, "The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible".
"I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said...it was not my intent".
Schools shut down across the state Friday as teachers protested for additional education funding and against recent changes to the state's pension system. "I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were left alone because a single parent didn't have any money to take care of them".
I've shared with many of you before, my grandmother, my grandfather, two of my five siblings, have all been public school teachers, some for their entire careers, some for a period of time.
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The governor went on to apologize to those he claims were hurt by his words and said he takes responsibility for his words. Bevin slammed the closures, saying that he was "offended by the idea that people so cavalierly, flippantly disregarded what was best for children". Thousands of educators swarmed the Capitol to call on legislators to override the governor's veto of the state budget and tax plan bill. The Office of the Attorney General fights every day to protect our children and has arrested a record number of predators and human traffickers. "If we want to create a world without child abuse, we can not tolerate the governor's comments".
To the extent that I have a responsibility to you, and I do, to make sure that we get this right, I take that very seriously, to every teacher, but also to every other worker as well: our state police, our highway workers, the social workers, the men and women who go in and out of office and in and out of, sometimes unsafe situations day in and day out, thank you for what you do. Time and time again we hear this demeaning rhetoric spewed, attacking our public educators and public employees.
Matt Bevin issued an apology Sunday for remarks he made Friday that suggested a state-wide teachers' strike left schoolchildren vulnerable to harm, sexual assault and drugs, saying his remarks had "unintended consequences".
Democrats quickly condemned Bevin's comments. "His insults of teachers over the past year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official".