GOP Kentucky Governor: Kids ‘Sexually Assaulted’ Because of Striking Teachers

Kentucky’s Republican governor has claimed teachers taking part in statewide strikes have caused children to be sexually assaulted. Speaking to reporters on Friday as teachers rallied for more school funding and pension protection, Gov. Matt Bevin suggested “hundreds of thousands of children” were left unattended because striking teachers weren’t in the classroom to watch over them. “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 was quoted as saying by news station WCPO. “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 enough money to take care of them,” he said. Soon after he made those remarks, state lawmakers voted to overturn Bevin’s veto of a $480 million tax increase that would boost school funding.