"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 declared, in comments posted on Twitter by reporter Marcus Green.
"I hurt a lot of people".
The governor's outburst came of the heels of the majority Republican lawmakers overriding his vetoes of the budget and revenue bills.
The teachers in Kentucky have also protested against changes to the state pension system, among the worst-funded in the nation, the Associated Press reported.
"Clearly, a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating", Bevin said, referring to his earlier comments.
"It's my responsibility to represent you - not only when I'm speaking to you, but when I'm speaking on your behalf - in ways that are clear, that are understood, that don't hurt people and don't confuse people", he added, addressing public employees. While teachers in various states have seen pushback from their local politicians, Kentucky's governor, Matt Bevin, is the hands down the victor for Worst Comment Imaginable.
The protests in Kentucky follow teachers' demonstrations across several states, demanding higher pay and more funding for education.
Bevin said in the video that many misunderstood his words.
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Last Friday, teachers participated in a rally at the Kentucky state capitol to call for increased education funding, causing 30 Kentucky schools to be closed that day.
Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler said she was "appalled" by Bevin's comment.
Now, politicians from both sides of the aisle have spoken out about Bevin's comments, and the Kentucky House officially gave him a condemnation.
In Oklahoma, however, teachers reluctantly ended their own nine-day walkout Thursday after state legislators agreed to give them a modest $6,100 pay increase (school professionals will receive $1,250). Education groups argue that less generous retirement funds may dissuade younger people from becoming teachers.
Heiner, a former member of the Louisville Metro Council, was one of four Republican contestants in the 2015 Republican gubernatorial primary won by Bevin who subsequently appointed him Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
"I don't want to be out of my classroom".
The governor may face an uphill battle with lawmakers, even within his party, if the pressure campaign from teachers maintains its momentum. You know what might help next time?
"It was just insane what he was saying about teachers", teacher Shanna Patton said.