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Kids were sexually assaulted because teachers were protesting: Kentucky gov.

Kids were sexually assaulted because teachers were protesting: Kentucky gov.

Kentucky lawmakers voted Friday to override the Republican governor's veto of a two-year state budget that increases public education spending with the help of a more than $480 million tax increase. The legislators pushed to stop the funding cuts after weeks of protests by teachers, who have been frustrated by a pension reform bill for public employees and the planned budget cuts to education.

"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'm offended by the idea that people so cavalierly and flippantly disregarded what's best for children".

The remarks drew a backlash. "Well, that's a coward", said Republican Rep. Regina Huff, a middle school special education teacher.

The Kentucky Senate has voted to override Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of House Bill 362, which would let local governments phase-in pension increases.

"I was disgusted is the only way I know how to put it", said Lydia Coffey, a retired teacher.

After thousands of teachers traveled to Frankfort on Friday to protest, Gov. Matt Bevin said that somewhere in Kentucky children were sexually assaulted or ingested poison because they were left unattended.

Teachers got the blame, as Bevin said some single parents can not afford childcare and can not afford to take time off work to watch their children. They don't have a backup for them. "They've done nothing to improve that process", said Carpenter.

There were at least 44 school districts that closed because teachers called in sick to attend the rally. The demonstrations were inspired by West Virginia teachers, whose nine-day walkout after many years without raises led to a 5 percent pay hike.

Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler said Friday night she was appalled at Bevin's comment.

"Here's what's insane to me", Bevin told a reporter from WDRB.

Acting House Speaker David Osborne said there are no new bills, but said lawmakers are considering amendments.

"We have to get this revenue to finance schools", explained a Republican and middle school special education teacher, consultant Regina Huff. "You need both of those to have one of them because you need the funding to able to provide the appropriations as well". Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young's hit "Teach Your Children" bellowed from loud speakers before speeches began. "His insults of teachers over the past year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official. As a mother, suggesting children were abused as a prop for his political rhetoric is disturbing and absurdly in poor taste". "My mouth was hanging open and I don't even know what I can tell you". He bemoaned the "hundreds of thousands of children" he says were likely left home alone because schools were closed and some parents likely did not have time to find child care. They don't get paid whether they go to work or not, they don't have an option and some of them were given literally a matter of hours.

Rep. Jeff Hoover, a Republican from Jamestown, criticized the governor for never calling a special legislative session on tax reform previous year, despite promising to do so.

He said surely some children were physically and sexually assaulted and were introduced to drugs for the first time. "It's offensive. It really is". "If you want to write a story, that's the kind of things you guys should talk about".