Kentucky teachers reject governor's apology

Posted April 18, 2018

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.

"I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone".

"You know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone?"

The problem isn't that we're offended by what Bevin said; he says very bad things all the time and the people of Kentucky are used to it.

Following widespread outrage over those remarks, Bevin has issued an apology, stating it wasn't his intent to hurt anyone.

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In a video statement on Sunday, Bevin said: "I'm sorry for those of you, every single one of you, that has been hurt by things that I've said".

In Sunday's video, Bevin apologized to those who were hurt by the things that were said, and that it wasn't his intent to cause harm.

But Koenig noted he had many constituents call him and ask that he vote to override Bevin's veto of the two-year operating budget that included increased classroom spending.

Matt Bevin announced he would veto the entire budget and the tax reform bill during a morning news conference in Frankfort, Ky., on April 9, 2018.

"Actual translation: 'Meant what I said".

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The response comes a day after the state's Republican-led House of Representatives approved a pair of resolutions condemning Bevin's comments - an act on the final day of the legislative session that the Associated Press described as "an extraordinary rebuke".

The appointments come after a tumultuous General Assembly which drew thousands of teachers to Frankfort protesting changes in their pension system and lobbying for more funding for public schools and a session during which the Republican-controlled legislature declined to provide funding for charter schools which they authorized past year. "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". Could have said it better.

"The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible".

"The words that people say can have unintended consequences", Bevin said in the video.

"For those of you who understand what I was saying, thank you", Bevin said in the social media. "His contempt and disrespect for teachers and public employees is noted and his enablers are on the list".

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