Teachers Wear Black to #BlackOutBevin Following Governor's Remarks
Governor Matt Bevin's guarantee Friday that children in Kentucky were sexually assaulted, tried drugs, and ingested poison because schools were closed so that teachers could advocate in Frankfort.
The Republican governor made the remarks after the General Assembly, led by his own party, overrode two vetoes of bills related to revenue and the two-year state budget.
His words were met with widespread condemnation from members of both parties and the general public as video of the remarks circulated nationally on social media.
On Sunday, the governor responded to the criticism.
It is my responsibility to represent you, not only when I’m speaking to you but also when I’m speaking on your behalf. It is not my intent to hurt anyone...but to help us all move forward. We need each other. We’re in this together. #WeAreKY https://t.co/2MzQaoJGNk— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) April 15, 2018
On Monday, teachers across Kentucky will wear black as a response to Bevin's comments. The #BlackOutBevin campaign is being pushed on social media.
We love our teachers! Mr. Bevin, words once spoken can't be taken back & an apology means you say sorry for your actions, not imply we're ignorant. @MattBevin @GovMattBevin#westandwithteachers #kypubliced #120strong #blackout #BlackOutBevin #rememberinnovember pic.twitter.com/GdDwre7qPC— Dani Nicole (@DaniNWilliams) April 16, 2018