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Courier-Journal: Gov. Bevin Connects Teacher Sickouts To Child’s Shooting

Posted at 1:52 PM, Apr 25, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Courier-Journal) The Courier-Journal is reporting that during remarks to the Louisville Rotary Club, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin insinuated that the teacher sickouts led to the shooting of a 7-year-old child in Jefferson County.

They say he was speaking to the Rotary club when he appeared to make the connection between the March 12 shooting of a child and the fact that Jefferson County Public Schools were closed that day because of a teacher sickout.

The Courier-Journal has Bevin’s quote as, “One thing you almost didn’t hear anything about while we had people pretending to be sick when they weren’t sick, and leaving kids unattended to or in situations that they should not have been in — a little girl was shot, seven years old, by another kid,” he said. “Because they were somewhere that they weren’t intended and because a parent didn’t have any option put them in a situation so that they could go to work, it left these kids in a compromised situation where they encountered a gun and there was not enough awareness.”

The shooting, according to the Courier-Journal, happened on March 12 at 3:06 p.m. The child and her brother, 11, were in the home alone while their guardian was just outside.

The Courier-Journal said that the brother accidentally shot his sister.

The child was taken to Norton Children’s Hospital where she is recovering.

At this time, the newspaper reports it is not clear if the child attended JCPS.

Marisa McNee, the spokesperson for the Kentucky Democratic Party released a statement, “Governor Bevin’s continued attacks on teachers are disgusting and unforgivable.”…..”He’s completely out of control. Kentuckians deserve better than this.”