Kentucky governor apologizes for saying teacher strike led to sexual assaults

Louisville police officer Nick Rodman

Louisville police officer Nick Rodman

"Many people have been confused or hurt or just misunderstand what it was that I was trying to communicate", Bevin said.

At the same time, he didn't fully back away from his suggestion that teachers attending protests led to sexual assaults, saying "thank you" to "those of you who understand what I was saying".

Commentary: Legislators in Frankfort, Kentucky voted to override Governor Matt Bevin's vetoes of both their budget and revenue bills. It is not my intent to hurt anyone.but to help us all move forward.We need each other.

In the video posted Sunday, Bevin apologized "for those who have been hurt by the things that were said".

Last Friday, teachers participated in a rally at the Kentucky state capitol to call for increased education funding, causing 30 Kentucky schools to be closed that day.

"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", Bevin declared, in comments posted on Twitter by reporter Marcus Green.

"I think he's gotten so much heat that he had to say something", Cooper said. I don't know how we can misunderstand his intent.

On Sunday, Bevin said "I'm sorry", but buffered the apology with about four minutes of wordy passive voice.

The National Education Association (www.nea.org) is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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