Sunday, April 15, 2018

"Disgusting comments"

Kentucky's Governor Matt Bevin has hit a new low. It wasn't enough for him to disagree with protesting teachers, or label them (as Wisconsin's legislators did about my state's educators) slobs, lazy, or thugs.

No, he said protesting teachers were to blame for sexual assaults, child poisonings and students starting drugs because a strike closed school for a day. Read it here.

Let that sink in.

He blamed the teachers for child sexual assaults, poisonings and drugs that happened Friday in his state. Because the schools were closed, Bevin said, he "guaranteed" that a child had been sexually assaulted, ingested poison, or had been otherwise physically harmed because there was nobody left at home to watch them. (Side note: not surprisingly, Bevin, in bed with the NRA, did not claim children found a parent's gun and shot themselves).

And that's an incredibly horrible thing to say.

Kentucky state Senator and Education Committee chairperson Max Wise tweeted
The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible.

Stephanie Winkler, President of the Kentucky Education Association, likewise tweeted  

There are no words for this other than I am appalled!

Yeah, we all should be appalled.

Links you might want to check out:
btw...the budget proposal from Bevin--such a watchdog for children--included cuts to a children's poison control center, early intervention programs for developmentally delayed children, and even textbooks.

The Kentucky House of Representatives sent to Bevin an official condemnation of his remarks
The Kentucky Education Association

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