At least 39 school districts in Kentucky had shut down on Friday as teachers traveled to the Capitol asking legislators to override Bevin's veto of state budget and tax reform bills.
"Clearly a tremendous amount of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating and I hurt a lot of people - that's my responsibility and I apologize for those who had been hurt by the things that were said was not my intent whatsoever".
Republican Senator Whitney Westerfield thanked the governor saying, "Thank you, for making a public apology, taking responsibility for your words and recognizing the fear and hurt experienced by educators understandably worries about the future". Bevin asked. "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".
In a rare off-the-cuff interview with reporters in Frankfort on Friday evening, Gov. Matt Bevin (R-Kentucky) said teachers who called in sick to protest put children's lives in danger. "What Governor Bevin said about teachers following their peaceful rally yesterday was reprehensible, and we are proud to join with the many others who have condemned his petty, spiteful remarks".
"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", Bevin said.
Now, politicians from both sides of the aisle have spoken out about Bevin's comments, and the Kentucky House officially gave him a condemnation. "And so to the extent that I do that well, great, and to the times when I don't do it well, that's on me". And to the times when I don't do it well, that's on me.
Cooper voted for Bevin in 2015 and vowed Saturday not to do it again.
Robin Cooper, an occupational therapist in Fayette County, the state's second-largest public school district, was among the thousands of educators protesting at the Capitol in recent weeks. That's not much of an apology.
"I think it's unfortunate that some statements that have been made will overshadow some of the good work that we've done in this session", Osborne said. I do not understand how we will misunderstand his intent.
"His insults of teachers over the past year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official", Nishimuta wrote in a statement. "In order that simply form of makes me offended".