Kentucky governor apologizes for saying teacher strike led to sexual assaults

Kentucky governor apologizes for saying teacher strike led to sexual assaults

"I am sorry for these of you, each single considered one of you, that has been harm by issues that I've stated".

Bevin took to social media after nationwide backlash for saying children were being sexually abused while being left alone as teachers rallied in Frankfort to urge lawmakers to override his vetoes of an operating budget.

"It is my accountability to symbolize you, not exclusively after I'm talking to you, however after I'm talking in your behalf in methods which might be clear, which might be understood, that do not harm folks and do not confuse folks", he stated.

'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 said to NBC5 outside the state Capitol on Friday.

"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.

At least 39 school districts in Kentucky had shut down on Friday as teachers traveled to the Capitol asking legislators to override Bevin's veto of state budget and tax reform bills.

Teachers in Kentucky, together with in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona, have held Walk Outs or protests demanding more funds for education, for example educators' pensions and wages.

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Politicians have responded to Governor Matt Bevin's apology, hours after it was posted on social media Sunday.

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

"It is my responsibility to represent you, not only when I'm speaking to you but also when I'm speaking on your behalf". And to the times when I don't do it well, that's on me.

Cooper voted for Bevin in 2015 and vowed Saturday not to do it again.

In the video, Bevin never explicitly mentioned his comments on sexual assault, instead he referred to what he called "unintended consequences" of schools closing.

'I think he's gotten so much heat that he had to say something, ' Cooper said. It was nonetheless him defending his phrases. I do not understand how we will misunderstand his intent. "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".

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