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Hazzard writes: "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,' Kentucky governor Matt Bevin said to a reporter Friday. He claimed 'hundreds of thousands' of children were left home alone as the result of statewide teacher walkouts, and that predators would have used this knowledge to attack unattended children."

Kentucky Governor. (photo: Getty Images)
Kentucky Governor. (photo: Getty Images)


Kentucky Governor Says Teacher Protests Caused Child Sex Abuse

By Emily Q. Hazzard, ThinkProgress

15 April 18


There's no evidence this is true, but Matt Bevin is stooping to new lows to malign teachers.

guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them,” Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) said to a reporter Friday. He claimed “hundreds of thousands” of children were left home alone as the result of statewide teacher walkouts, and that predators would have used this knowledge to attack unattended children.

He also “guaranteed” that a child ingested poison because their teachers were attending a protest and the child’s parent wouldn’t have enough money to take care of them. Bevin, who offered no evidence for his claims, said he was offended that caretakers would so “cavalierly… skip work” to attend the protest.

He criticized protestors for “hanging out,” “taking the day off,” smoking, and for removing their shoes (the high temperature Friday in Frankfurt was 82 degrees).

Kentucky teachers swarmed the capital on Friday to tell lawmakers they would be voting them out in response to low teacher pay, under-funded education, and unjust changes to educators’ pensions. Kentucky school districts overall serve 685,167 students, and 36 of those districts closed for protests.

Educators in that state are among a wave of education protests across the country recently: Arizona, Oklahoma, and West Virginia have all recently seen walkouts, school closures, and large public demonstrations calling for higher teacher pay and better funding for schools.


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+17 # laborequalswealth 2018-04-15 09:31
And all this time I thought teachers were paid to teach. Now I learn that what they really are are expensive anti-sexual abuse baby-sitters.

Shitting on teachers for the (possible) conduct of pedofiles.

How much lower can these moral maggots get?
 
 
+12 # Forbes 2018-04-15 09:48
Gov.Bevin is encourging assult and child abuse.
 
 
+15 # tsyganka 2018-04-15 09:58
Propagandist Gov. Bevin has evidently picked up new smear tactics from the reich-wing State Policy Network. The SPN has already sent out a booklet instructing reich-wingers on how to denigrate teachers by using specific language. See "Revealed: Secret Rightwing Strategy to Discredit Teacher Strikes" https://www(dot)theguardian(dot)com/education/2018/apr/12/teacher-strikes-rightwing-secret-strategy-revealed
 
 
+9 # boredlion 2018-04-15 10:20
Rear-Action Reacting is what Reactionaries do . . especially when they're desperate [see picture].
 
 
+11 # twocents 2018-04-15 10:33
Bevin has to have a pretty disturbed mind set to even think of this...keep your children away from him.
 
 
+5 # economagic 2018-04-15 11:27
This is the sort of thing would-be tyrants say because they have no valid argument.
 
 
+3 # BetaTheta 2018-04-15 12:18
This is right down there with kneeling football players "disrespecting our fallen heroes." What rankles most is that these patronizing jerks think we are all that stupid.
 
 
+2 # sayvsdo 2018-04-15 22:37
This Governor is truly a loathsome individual. Tens of millions of Americans don't have adequate daycare, jobs, healthcare or food now. If you vote for corporate Neocons on the right or corporate Neoliberals on the left this is what you get. And it's an ugly American portrait. It started when labor lost it's strength. Kentucky's teachers are brave and are showing us the way back.
 
 
+1 # DongiC 2018-04-16 02:34
Hey teacher folk! You want higher pay and pension benefits? You must get control of the political machinery. Elect people who support your goals. It's the way we effect change here in America.
 

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