Governor Matt Bevin says because they had the day off, kids were probably ‘sexually assaulted’ and ‘tried drugs’
Under the file of, “Yep, you heard that right,” Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin claims that while teachers and school officials were busy protesting the state’s Capitol on Friday for increases in public education, kids were being sexually assaulted and poisoned because school was closed.
In Kentucky, 30 schools closed on Friday so teachers could travel to the state’s capital, Frankfurt, to show opposition for a bill Bevin signed earlier in the week. The bill, which the Kentucky Education Association is vehemently against, says, among other things, “that new hires will have to enter a cash-balance plan, as opposed to a traditional pension, and teachers will be limited in the number of new sick days they can put toward their retirement,” CNN reported.
And while they were busy fighting for the future of public education, Bevin decided to blame them for a whole host of shit that could happen.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on the teacher rallies today. “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.” pic.twitter.com/Q4PpzFsTt2
— Marcus Green (@MarcusGreenWDRB) April 13, 2018
“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. “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.”
Whoa. That’s a whole lot to unpack. Lucky for us, the good people of Twitter have us covered:
Interesting take @GovMattBevin . As public servant, what executive actions have you take in order to support the working poor of Kentucky? Have you pressured/asked/casually mentioned to congress to pass any legislation to protect and aid these suffering children and families?— Nate Elder (@natelder91) April 13, 2018
So does he just weep silently for the children when there's a snow day? That is literally the most tone-deaf thing I've ever heard.— travis peak (@fatmantrav79) April 13, 2018
Imagine if someone were to rob a bank, get into a car chase with the police and then during the trial, tell the judge "Yeah, I stole that money but I guarantee you that at least one kid was molested while the cops were chasing me". That sounds absurd, right?— travis peak (@fatmantrav79) April 14, 2018
Why is he not concerned about the children who are left alone everyday because they are preshcool and there is not affordable childcare available for all those single parents? Oh, right. Just don't have kids if you can't afford to support them. I forgot. Abstinence only, always😒— 🇨🇦 left wing Laurie ✌ (@LauriePalmer3) April 14, 2018
There are no words for this other than, I am appalled! https://t.co/tiwH5DAPYw
— Stephanie Winkler (@esw2002) April 14, 2018
“As surely as we’re having this conversation, children were harmed – some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone. It’s offensive, really. If you want to write a story, that’s the kind of thing you should talk about,” he continued.
Has this man lost his damn mind? How about giving our kids and our teachers a little more credit? They are showing their students that sometimes you need to stand up and fight for what you believe in — which is the future of public education and all the underpaid educators coming to school every single day to teach our children.
Kentucky and Arizona teachers protested just this week, demanding better pay and working conditions, coming on the heels of West Virginia where, a week of closed classrooms led to a 5 percent pay raise for all state employees, NPR reported.
Representatives in his office haven’t commented publicly on his comments.