Gov. Bevin: "I apologize" to those hurt by comments

Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin apologized Sunday for comments on Friday criticizing teachers for leaving work to protest at the Capitol

Bevin on Sunday in a social media post on Facebook apologized if his comments hurt anyone.

It came two days after his remarks in the midst of a Frankfort budget battle raised eyebrows around the nation.

Bevin, who would see his veto of an education-boosting state budget overridden by state lawmakers, characterized the attitudes of protesting teachers as cavalier and flippant about student safety.

The legislator heeded the protests and overrode the veto.

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 risky situations day in and day out, thank you for what you do.

Matt Bevin says many people misunderstood him when he said Friday's teacher rally in Frankfort would directly cause children to be injured, poisoned and sexually assaulted. Bevin asked. "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".

"It was not my intent whatsoever", the governor said.

He added that children who were out of school "were harmed - some physically, some sexually - some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone".

Bevin also told reporters he was "offended by the fact that people so cavalierly, and so flippantly, disregarded what's truly best for children".

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After the day's events, Bevin made the comment about teachers to a group of reporters outside the Capitol.

The GOP-led Kentucky House later approved a pair of resolutions condemning Bevin's comments.

Saturday was the final day of the 2018 legislative session.

Teachers from across Kentucky gathered in the state Capitol to rally for increased funding for education on Friday.

In a almost 4-minute video posted Sunday, Bevin didn't apologize for what he'd said, however - only that he took responsibility for not being clearer.

Again, for those of you that have been hurt, it is my absolute honest, apology to you. And so to the extent that I do that well, great, and to the times that I don't do it well, that's on me.

He also thanked supporters "who understood" his comments on the protests that forced the closure of more than 30 school districts in his state.

On Friday, Senate President Robert Stivers said he would hate it if Bevin's comments "marred" his accomplishments. "Sometimes, not so much, and I think this case is an example of the latter".

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