Kentucky governor apologizes for linking child abuse to teacher protests

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Expressing concern for schoolchildren who were unable to attend school on Friday because of the strike, Bevin said: "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".

The Republican issued his apology in an nearly four-minute video posted on-line, saying "it's not my intent to harm anyone on this course of, however to assist us all transfer ahead collectively".

To the extent that I have a responsibility to you, and I do, to make sure that we get this right, I take that very seriously, to every teacher, but also to every other worker as well: our state police, our highway workers, the social workers, the men and women who go in and out of office and in and out of, sometimes unsafe situations day in and day out, thank you for what you do.

His comments came shortly after Republican lawmakers voted to override his vetoes of a two-year operating budget that included increased spending for public education with the help of an accompanying $480 million tax increase.

The comments drew nationwide backlash, including an official condemnation from the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Matt Bevin apologized on Sunday to people who he said were hurt by his "guarantee" that children were abused after a massive teacher walkout shut schools on Friday.

"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. "And so to the extent that I do that well, great, and to the times when I don't do it well, that's on me". And to the occasions after I do not do it effectively, that is on me.

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"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".

Sen. Ray Jones, D-Pikeville, also attacked Gov. Bevin while speaking on the Senate floor Saturday.

And after watching the video Sunday, she stated, "Severely?" I hurt a lot of people. "However it nonetheless wasn't an apology". It was still him defending his words. Everybody heard his phrases. I don't know how we can misunderstand his intent.

"What he said yesterday, terrible.it just befuddles me".

The Boone County Education Association in a message on its Facebook page Sunday said as part of an effort called #blackout Bevin, they supported a Black Out for Solidarity on Monday.

"The lecturers and public workers he has insulted over the previous 12 months deserve rather more than this".

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