KY Gov.: I Guarantee Kids Were 'Sexually Assaulted' During Teacher Rally

Ruben Fields
April 15, 2018

"I guarantee you somewhere today a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn't have anybody to take care of them".

Bevin's comments came shortly after Republican lawmakers voted to override his vetoes of a two-year operating budget that included increased spending for public education with the help of an accompanying $480 million tax increase.

Terry Long, a retired teacher from Greenville, was nearly left speechless by the comments. "Is that what he thinks happens to Kentucky kids at night or on weekends?"

"We have to have this revenue to fund our schools". The governor's vileness just brings it to a grotesque level. I don't agree with these comments & I find them repulsive.

The Kentucky Democratic Party quickly issued a response to the comments made by the governor. This rhetoric has crossed a line.

Bevin, who offered no evidence for his claims, said he was offended that caretakers would so "cavalierly... skip work" to attend the protest.

Last month, Bevin signed a pension reform bill that, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, moves "future teachers from the current traditional pension plan with defined benefits into a new "hybrid" cash balance plan that includes features of both a traditional pension and a 401 (k)-style savings plan". On April 2, thousands protested at the state Capitol in Frankfort.

Thousands of teachers have protested in Frankfort to oppose several republican bills
Thousands of teachers have protested in Frankfort to oppose several republican bills

Teachers from across the state rallied in Frankfort on Friday to encourage legislators to override the governor's vetoes of the tax reform bill and the budget.

There were at least 44 school districts that closed because teachers called in sick to attend the rally.

"You know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone?" said Bevin on Friday afternoon.

He added: 'Children were harmed - some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time'. Senator Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, who chairs the education committee, rebuked the governor for his comments, tweeting, "The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible".

Bevin's office did not respond to a BuzzFeed News request asking if he has any evidence for his statements.

Matt Bevin railed against teachers protesting outside the state Capitol this week, asserting with certainty that their demonstration resulted in children being sexually assaulted, poisoned and injured.

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