Kentucky governor apologises for saying teacher strike led to sexual assaults

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"Clearly, a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating", Bevin said, referring to his earlier comments.

Bevin also told reporters he was "offended by the fact that people so cavalierly, and so flippantly, disregarded what's truly best for children".

"For those of you who have been hurt, it is my absolute, honest apology to you", Bevin said.

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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.

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.

Those comments sparked backlash and responses from the Kentucky Attorney General, The Senate and House Democratic Caucuses, GOP Senator Damon Thayer, and KEA President Stephanie Winkler. "What Governor Bevin said about teachers following their peaceful rally yesterday was reprehensible, and we are proud to join with the many others who have condemned his petty, spiteful remarks". "And so to the extent that I do that well, great, and to the times when I don't do it well, that's on me". "For those of you who have been hurt, it is my absolute honest apology to you, it is not my intent to hurt anybody in this process but to help us all move forward together". And to the times when I don't do it well, that's on me. 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. Cooper voted for Bevin in 2015 and vowed Saturday to not do it once more.

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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. It was nonetheless him defending his phrases.

On Sunday, Bevin said many people misunderstood his comments. Everyone heard his words. So that just kind of makes me angry'.

"His insults of teachers over the past year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official", Nishimuta wrote in a statement.

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