Governor: Children Hurt By Today’s Rally

Posted at 9:04 PM, Apr 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 21:04:59-04

FRANKFORT, Ky (Courier-Journal) Thousands of teachers and their supporters gathered in Frankfort Friday to rally. 

The teachers, both inside and outside the Capitol, were wearing red and carrying signs. 

After Kentucky lawmakers voted to override the budget veto, Governor Matt Bevin spoke with a reporter from the Courier-Journal. In the interview, he made some statements about the teachers not being at school.

He said that because school was not in session, kids across the state were left alone, leaving them in danger. 

"Surely as we’re having this conversation, children were harmed. some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time, because they were vulnerable and left alone. it’s offensive, frankly, it really is," Bevin told the Courier-Journal. 

Bevin did offer anything to support those claims. He doesn’t feel the teachers are setting a good example for our children. He also told the Courier-Journal that Friday was "quite a show".

You can watch the video from below. It is from a tweet by the Courier-Journal’s education reporter Mandy McLaren. 

“It’s entirely inappropriate and perverse that the man sitting in the governorship would criticize Kentuckians who stood up today for teachers, public employees and our public education by insinuating that their presence in Frankfort today caused a child to be sexually assaulted,” Kentucky Democratic Executive Director Mary Nishimuta said. “His insults of teachers over the last year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official. This rhetoric has crossed a line. As a mother, suggesting children were abused as a prop for his political rhetoric is disturbing and absurdly in poor taste.”