FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WYMT) - House lawmakers from both parties have passed resolutions condemning Republican Gov. Matt Bevin for his comments saying children were sexually abused while teachers rallied at the state Capitol.
Friday more than 30 school districts throughout the state closed so teachers could rally at the state Capitol and ask lawmakers to override Bevin's vetoes of the state budget that included increased classroom spending. Lawmakers did override Bevin vetoes and the new spending became law.
Asked about the protests, Bevin said he guaranteed a child who had been left home alone was sexually assaulted because the schools were closed. He also said children likely ingested poison or were introduced to illegal drugs for the first time if they were out of school while teachers rallied in Frankfort.
"I'm offended by the fact that people are not concerned for children and for the safety of children and for the fact that children should not be left alone at home without a parent," Governor Matt Bevin, (R) Kentucky said.
"His comments and disrespect were completely out of line toward some of the most respected people in our communities," said Representative Rocky Adkins, Kentucky Democratic Leader.
House Resolution 335 was filed by House Democrats Saturday afternoon and condemns Bevin's comments. House Republicans filed a similar resolution, House Resolution 336. Both resolutions were adopted by the House.
This is not the first time Representative Adkins said he has reacted to the Governor's remarks about public educators.
"Just a few weeks ago he made some more derogatory comments about teachers he called them ignorant, he called them misinformed, he called them overpaid, he used words like thug mentality," Adkins said.
Governor Bevin said, this time, he was just pointing out how announcing the rally so quickly could have unintended consequences.
"We live in a day in age where everybody has a heightened sense of emotion and sometimes less focus on the facts and the logic of things and I think it's important to have both," said Bevin.