Bevin apologizes in social media for Friday's remarks about teachers

Louisville police officer Nick Rodman

Louisville police officer Nick Rodman

Bevin said that households from their state had been forced to abandon children at home and in peril of not sexual assault, but of eating poison or being offered medication for the very first time.

"I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said", Bevin said in a video statement.

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. "I'm offended by the idea that people so cavalierly and so flippantly disregarded what's truly best for children".

"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 Friday in a video tweeted by WDRB-TV reporter Marcus Green.

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Bevin apologized a number of occasions in Sunday's video and stated many individuals misunderstood and "didn't absolutely admire" his earlier assertion.

Teachers in Kentucky, as well as in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona, have held recent walkouts or protests demanding more funds for education, including teachers' salaries and pensions.

Kentucky legislators voted Friday to override Bevin's veto of a state funding which increased training funding by way of a $480 million tax increase. The extraordinary rebuke came on the final day of the legislative session Saturday.

"It is my responsibility to represent you, not only when I'm speaking to you but also when I'm speaking on your behalf".

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"It hurts me to think that the things that have been done by this administration will be overshadowed by a statement that is indefensible", Stivers said. And to the times when I don't do it well, that's on me.

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.

Bevin made his comments on his YouTube and Twitter page during a four-minute video that was posted Sunday. 'But it still wasn't an apology. Everyone heard his words. I do not understand how we will misunderstand his intent. So that just kind of makes me angry'.

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