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Teacher: Hours after speaking at tour, educator blocked by governor

Posted at 4:14 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 18:23:14-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — When the "Won't Be Bullied By Bevin" tour stopped in Lexington earlier this week, Donna Meers knew she wanted to speak out.

"Bevin's verbal insults and name calling must end," she said during the press conference. "I'm here to tell you - they messed with the wrong group, right? Yeah. We are not afraid to speak up to this corruption and lawlessness."

Meers is an educator and part of the KY120United, a teacher group that fights for public education in Kentucky. After her speech at the "Won't Be Bullied By Bevin" tour, she went on Twitter to post some more thoughts and reply to the governor's tweets. It's something she said she's been doing for years now.

"I've been very active on his Twitter feed throughout this whole campaign and, really, for years," said Meers.

But on Wednesday, when she tried to bring up Gov. Matt Bevin's personal account, it wasn't there.

"He wasn't showing up on my (search) - you know how you do @MattBevin. He wasn't showing up," said Meers. "I'm like 'ooh.' 'Oooh, haha.' I got blocked."

When Meers tries to tag "@MattBevin," nothing happens.

"He just doesn't appear is what happens," said Meers.

Meers now gets a page that says "@MattBevin blocked you." She still has access to the governor's official account, but she said his personal one is where he posts campaign tweets, which are the tweets she likes to respond to.

Now, she won't be able to do that, and she doesn't understand why she was blocked in the first place. Meers said although she disagrees with Bevin, she's respectful in her tweets to him.

"I don't swear on Twitter," said Meers. "I don't do any of that."

Meers' only guess is that her tweets and her speech at the "Won't Be Bullied By Bevin" tour may have something to do with it.

"I would put (the speech) in there, in addition to the truthful posts that I put on (twitter)," said Meers. "I just have no idea. You'd have to ask him about that."

LEX 18 reached out to the Bevin to ask, but we have not heard back yet.

LEX 18 also reached out to the other speakers at the event. UK professor Arnold Farr said he is not on Twitter, but has not been blocked on other social media accounts. Fayette County Education Association President Jessica Hiler said she has not been blocked on Twitter. Two other speakers could not be reached for comment.