KY Gov Blames Child’s Shooting On Teacher Protests

The Louisville Courier reports:

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin reopened political wounds with Kentucky teachers on Thursday when he blamed their sickouts for the shooting of a 7-year-old.

“One thing you almost didn’t hear anything about while we had people pretending to be sick when they weren’t sick and leaving kids unattended to or in situations that they should not have been in — a little girl was shot, 7 years old, by another kid,” he said.

“Because they were somewhere that they weren’t intended and because a parent didn’t have any option, put them in a situation so that they could go to work, it left these kids in a compromised situation where they encountered a gun and there was not enough awareness.”

The Washington Post reports:

Bevin didn’t offer evidence that the shooting, which happened last month, was linked to the protests, as opponents swiftly condemned the governor, who is battling slumping poll numbers and has already apologized once for lurid allegations about the teacher protests.

“There’s plainly something wrong with Matt Bevin. You don’t politicize the shooting of a child,” tweeted Adam Edelen, a former state auditor seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

The New York Times reports:

The Democratic Party and others also pointed to previous remarks by Mr. Bevin connecting teachers’ strikes with a rise in crimes committed against or by children.

In April 2018, when teachers were protesting at the State Capitol, Mr. Bevin said they were exposing children to danger. “Children were harmed — some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time — because they were vulnerable and left alone,” he had said.