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Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Kids were sexually assaulted because teachers were protesting: Kentucky gov.

Kids were sexually assaulted because teachers were protesting: Kentucky gov.

The House and Senate ultimately overturned those decisions, but Bevin said children across the state suffered after several school districts closed either to allow teachers to attend Friday's events or because enough teachers absences triggered closures.

"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", Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) said to a reporter Friday.

He expressed how appalled he was that people "discarded what's truly best for children", claiming that there were people who knew so many children were home and "took advantage of that".

The remarks drew a backlash. Both vetoes were overridden on Friday.

"The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible", Wise said Friday on Twitter. They don't have a backup for them. "We're not going to get exhausted".

Bevis went on to add, "Children were harmed - some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time - because they were vulnerable and left alone".

Republicans - with an eye toward the gallery filled with red-clad teachers - said Democrats were hypocritical because they champion education while voting against the revenue bill and budget which funds increases to education.

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. "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 AP reported.

Bevin's communications office did not respond to email request for comment.

"With his reasoning, it wouldn't be popular to have summer break, which lasts for weeks".

The teachers were protesting for their retirement benefits and for more education funding from the state, reportedly causing more than 30 school districts around the state to close due to the lack of available teachers, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. A survey done in 2011 and summarized in 2013 found that two percent of 5-year-olds and 6-year-olds who lived with their mother were left alone some of the time they weren't in school; that proportion increased to almost 30 percent of 14-year-olds. JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio declined to comment. "His insults of teachers over the past year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official". "And to use that as a weapon for his political rhetoric against people who are standing up for public education and teachers and public employees, which also includes firefighters and police - it's extremely and absurdly out of line". I guarantee somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them. "It's offensive. It really is". "If you want to write a story, that's the kind of things you guys should talk about".

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