KY Governor claims "child was sexually assaulted" because of teacher protests
Apr 15 2018
Walker and Kurzendoerfer are teachers in Fayette County.
Thousands of teachers rallied at the Kentucky Capitol on Friday, urging lawmakers to override Bevin's vetoes.
"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 governor told a group of reporters outside the Capitoll.
"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", said Bevin.
"Children were harmed - some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time - because they were vulnerable and left alone", he added.
His office could not be reached for comment.
Condemnation of Bevin's remarks was bipartisan. Bevin has been Kentucky's governor since 2015.
The Kentucky Education Association (KEA), the teachers' union which had previously organized a one-day march earlier this month, estimated that several thousand teachers were at the capital Frankfort on Friday.
"You know how many children live in urban communities and rural communities where there's a single parent who literally if they could afford to skip work and not lose their job, they couldn't afford to because they need the money".
"I've never been so appalled at comments by anyone, let alone a Governor", KEA President Stephanie Winkler said, "I just couldn't believe it".
"The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible", Wise tweeted. And in Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin, R, raised teacher salaries by $6,100 and boosted funding by millions.
The teachers in Kentucky have also protested for changes to the state pension system, among the worst-funded in the nation, The Associated Press reported. Opponents worry this will discourage young people from becoming teachers.
The teachers say it is important that they address the issues facing them, but inside and outside the classroom.
"I don't want to be out of my classroom".
"Here's what's insane to me", Bevin told a reporter from WDRB. The legislators pushed to stop the funding cuts after weeks of protests by teachers, who have been frustrated by a pension reform bill for public employees and the planned budget cuts to education.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted the it was "not true" that lawmakers had to vote for the new taxes to fund education.
The governor's response to the striking teachers sparked outcry and disbelief from state lawmakers and educators.
"You can stand here all day and act like you are all for (education) until it comes time to pay for it".
I don't know how he could possibly have this knowledge, but Kentucky's Republican Governor Matt Bevinguarantees a child was sexually abused since many teachers were participating in a protest and therefore not watching those kids in school.
"Trying to divide teachers from kids is the vintage right-wing playbook used as an excuse to fail to fund public schools".