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

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

Republican Governor Matt Bevin issued the four-minute apology video on Sunday, saying that many people misunderstood and "did not fully appreciate" his earlier statement.

It came two days after his remarks in the midst of a Frankfort budget battle raised eyebrows around the nation. The budget included increased spending for public education with the help of an accompanying tax increase.

The legislator heeded the protests and overrode the veto.

It was the latest in a string of protests and rallies put on by teachers and other state workers during this year's legislative session.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin apologised on Sunday for saying last week that a teacher walkout that shut schools in numerous state's districts led to children being sexually assaulted.

In an interview with an WDRB-TV tv reporter Friday, the governor said he could guarantee that somewhere in Kentucky a young child was sexually attacked after being abandoned with no supervision on account of the walk out.

"Do you know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone?"

He added: 'Children were harmed - some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time'.

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Governor Bevin voiced his frustrations for what he believes is a disregard for what is best for children.

He said of the teachers protesting that he saw "a lot of people hanging out, shoes-off, smoking, leaving trash around, taking the day off".

Kentucky's Republican-majority House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution on Saturday criticizing the governor's comments, and the Republican state Senate president said Bevin should apologise, according to local media. Thousands of teachers gathered at the Capitol to ask lawmakers to override the vetoes.

"For those of you who have been hurt, it is my absolute, honest apology to you", Bevin said.

"And so the extent that I do that well, great". And to the times when 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.

The Boone County Education Association in a message on its Facebook page Sunday said as part of an effort called #blackout Bevin, they supported a Black Out for Solidarity on Monday. That's not much of an apology. "I am sorry for these of you, each single considered one of you, that has been harm by issues that I've stated". 'But it still wasn't an apology. It was nonetheless him defending his phrases. Everyone heard his words.

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