Kentucky lawmakers mock Gov. Matt Bevin's apology for teacher protest comments

Bevin said on Friday that single-parent households in the state had been forced to leave children at home and in peril of not just sexual assault, but of ingesting poison or being offered drugs for the first time. He also accused teachers of cavalierly and flippantly disregarding what's best for children.

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

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

In a video release, Bevin said he was sorry for those that had been "hurt by things that I have said".

Republican Senator Whitney Westerfield thanked the governor saying, "Thank you, for making a public apology, taking responsibility for your words and recognizing the fear and hurt experienced by educators understandably worries about the future".

"Clearly a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating or what it was that I was trying to say", Bevin said. Lawmakers overrode Bevin's veto Friday, April 13, 2018.

"Governor Bevin is on the wrong side of history, and as his latest outburst shows, he's also on the wrong side of simple decency".

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

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On Saturday, the Kentucky House of Representatives condemned Bevin in two separate resolutions over his remarks.

The appointments come after a tumultuous General Assembly which drew thousands of teachers to Frankfort protesting changes in their pension system and lobbying for more funding for public schools and a session during which the Republican-controlled legislature declined to provide funding for charter schools which they authorized a year ago.

Gov. Matt Bevin got his behind kicked by the General Assembly on Friday then turned his anger and disappointment into a harsh tirade against Kentucky's public-school teachers. "Let's work together, we need to work together", he said.

Bevin would later apologize to those offended following the comments.

"We can't be so consumed with the financial that we fail to appreciate the ripple effect of the real people that are involved", Bevin said on Sunday.

Friday's teacher rally did result in the closure of at least 30 Kentucky school districts, including Erlanger-Elsemere Schools and Bellevue Independent Schools.

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

Bevin said he takes responsibility for not making his statement clear enough to understand. "His contempt and disrespect for teachers and public employees is noted and his enablers are on the list".

  • Stacy Houston