One unfortunate side effect of teachers going on strike? Kids are at greater risk of being abused and even accidentally killing themselves — according to Kentucky governor Matt Bevin, anyway.
Thousands of teachers in Kentucky called in sick on Friday to protest at the state's Capitol in favor of more funding for public education, USA Today reports. When speaking to reporters that day, the Republican governor not only commented about teachers taking the day off and “hanging out,” he insinuated that their actions were indirectly harming children, according to WDRB.
“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. 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 any money to take care of them. I’m offended by the idea that people so cavalierly and so flippantly disregarded what’s truly best for children,” he said, later adding that “some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone.”
After being officially condemned by the Kentucky House, Bevin apologized in a video posted to his Twitter page on Sunday, commenting, “For those of you who have been hurt, it is my absolute, sincere apology to you. It is not my intent to hurt anybody in this process but to help us all move forward together. We need each other. We’re in this together. We are Kentucky.”
(Photo: Kentucky public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a 'day of action' at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's recent veto of the state's tax and budget bills on April 13, 2018 in Frankfort, Kentucky. By Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)