Kentucky gov. apologizes for comments linking teacher protests to child abuse

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Home Minority Flooring Chief Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, stated in a press release that whereas Bevin claims there was a misunderstanding, "the folks of Kentucky heard loud and clear what he stated and in the present day's video exhibits he nonetheless doesn't comprehend why so many had been understandably upset. It was not my intent whatsoever", the governor said. Thousands of educators swarmed the Capitol to call on legislators to override the governor's veto of the state budget and tax plan bill.

"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", Bevin declared, in comments posted on Twitter by reporter Marcus Green.

He added that children who were out of school "were harmed - some physically, some sexually - some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone".

Bevin had come under scrutiny after he told a reporter children left at home could be susceptible to sexual assault or even be poisoned.

He said of the teachers protesting that he saw "a lot of people hanging out, shoes-off, smoking, leaving trash around, taking the day off".

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.

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In his apology on Sunday, Bevin apologized several times and said that his remarks had been misunderstood.

"I do again- I'm sorry for those of you, every single of one of you, that has been hurt by things that I have said".

"And so the extent that I try this effectively, nice".

Schools shut down across the state Friday as teachers protested for additional education funding and against recent changes to the state's pension system.

At the same time, he didn't fully back away from his suggestion that teachers attending protests led to sexual assaults, saying "thank you" to "those of you who understand what I was saying".

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. That's not much of an apology. 'But it still wasn't an apology. It was nonetheless him defending his phrases. Everyone heard his words. So that just kind of makes me angry'.

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