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Politicians Respond to Bevin's Remarks on Teacher Protests

18 April 2018, 12:21 | Nina Hammond

Teachers, parents disgusted with Bevin's sexual assault comments

APTOPIX Teacher Protests Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin took to social media Sunday to apologize for comments he made after teachers forced the closure of more than 30 school districts to have a rally in Frankfort.

On Friday, when thousands of teachers were protesting at the state Capitol, Stamper tweeted: "Heavy on my heart this morning are the children who've been left at home by themselves because their working parents can't afford the extra childcare expense due to school being cancelled".

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

"It is not my intent to hurt anybody in the process, but to help us all move forward together", he said.

'I'm sorry for those of you, every single one of you, that has been hurt by things that I've said, ' Bevin said. Lawmakers voted to override Bevin's veto on Friday.

Governor Bevin has announced his appointments to the Kentucky Board of Education.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said via Twitter, "Actual translation: Meant what I said".

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Bevin's remarks faced harsh criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle. "I want to be in my classroom instructing future citizens, but I'm afraid that spending at the state level is getting worse and worse, and we need those dollars for a 21st-century education", said Stephanie Ikanovic, a teacher of 21 years who participated in the demonstrations, the Associated Press reported. Bevin acknowledged his comments may have been hurtful, but teachers said the apology it wasn't honest. Could have said it better.

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

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

"In his apology, Bevin said", I appreciate so much that has been done in recent days and weeks as we've tried to get both our economic house in order but to make sure that we shore up the very pension system that now is the worst funded in the United States of America.

Democrat Rep. James Kay of Versailles didn't hold back any sarcasm about Bevin's apology, either.

"For the governor to be offended in some way that people are here, it's time for him to understand that the Capitol is the people's house, that this is not Matt Bevin's house, and there may be somebody else in Kentucky who might have a little different opinion on things than he may have", Adkins said. "The teachers and public employees he has insulted over the past year deserve much more than this".

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