Across the country, teachers have launched protests to secure better pay for the highly undervalued role they play in the future of our country. While many parents and community members have stood with the teachers, not everyone is standing with them. On Apr. 15, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued a formal apology after suggesting that children were abused during a teacher walkout. Representatives for Bevin did not immediately return Red Tricycle’s request for comment.

Hopefully, every parent knows how invaluable good teachers are and how much we depend on them to educate our kids. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees on how much they should be compensated for their jobs. In Kentucky, where over 44 school districts were closed for a teacher rally earlier this month, Bevin made a controversial and more than likely false comment to reporters regarding the walkouts—indicating that children were abused by being left at home instead of going to school.

Bevins was quoted as saying:

“Somewhere in Kentucky today, a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them. 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 any money to take care of them.”

Um, yikes.

Legislators of Kentucky’s State House of Representatives were quick to react, condemning Bevin’s comments. They also gave in to the teachers’ demands, specifically an override to Bevin’s veto over two bills that would provide more funding for public education in the state.

Bevin apologized in a video via a YouTube video. Of course, he didn’t apologize for his comments, instead only expressing contrition for the misunderstanding they might have led to and if anyone’s feelings were hurt. So, the classic non-apology apology.

Do you think teachers deserve better pay? Share your thoughts in the comments.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

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