Published: Wed, April 18, 2018

Teachers participate in 'blackout' in response to Gov. Bevin's comments

Teachers participate in 'blackout' in response to Gov. Bevin's comments

In an interview with a WDRB-TV television reporter on Friday, the Republican governor said he could guarantee that somewhere in Kentucky a child was sexually assaulted after being left home with no supervision because of the walkout.

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

In a almost four-minute-long video posted to his Twitter account, Bevin talks about "unintended consequences" and "misunderstandings".

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

In a almost 4-minute video, Bevin apologized to those who "couldn't fully appreciate" what he was communicating and said he was sorry for any confusion and hurt.

"Many people have been confused or hurt or just misunderstand what it was that I was trying to communicate". Lawmakers overrode Bevin's veto Friday, April 13, 2018.

"Actual translation: 'Meant what I said".

Both House Democrats and Republicans made resolutions on the last day of the session Saturday condemning Bevin's remarks.

Bevin released a statement on Facebook Sunday apologizing after saying hundreds of thousands of students were left home alone on Friday, resulting in some being physically harmed or sexually abused. "What Governor Bevin said about teachers following their peaceful rally yesterday was reprehensible, and we are proud to join with the many others who have condemned his petty, spiteful remarks".

Bevin said in the video Sunday that he didn't intend to hurt anyone.

Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler said she was "appalled" by Bevin's comment. "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.

Gov. Matt Bevin remade the 12-member Kentucky Board of Education on Monday, appointing seven new members, including Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner - who resigned, effectively immediately, to take the post - and the governor's own former communications director, Amanda Stamper.

"Governor Bevin claims there was a misunderstanding, but the people of Kentucky heard loud and clear what he said and today's video shows he still does not comprehend why so many were understandably upset", [House Democratic Leader Rocky] Adkins said in a statement. "His insults of teachers over the previous year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official".

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