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  Bevin: Children were sexually assaulted and tried drugs because teachers were protesting
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 14, 2018 09:12am
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AuthorMandy McLauren and Lucas Aulbach
News DateSaturday, April 14, 2018 01:45:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionChildren were sexually assaulted or ingested poison Friday somewhere in Kentucky because teachers were at the Capitol to protest the state budget, said Gov. Matt Bevin in an impromptu press conference just hours after his vetoes of the budget and tax reform bills were overridden.

"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 guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were left alone because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them."

Bevin made the comments when approached by reporters outside the Kentucky Capitol just before 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Teachers from across the state had rallied in Frankfort to encourage legislators to override the governor's vetoes of the tax reform bill and the budget. At least 39 school districts were out of session to allow education officials and other supporters to meet in Frankfort to protest.

Bevin said "hundreds of thousands of children" were left alone across Kentucky as a result.

"Children were harmed – some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time – because they were vulnerable and left alone," Bevin continued.
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