KENTUCKY (FOX19) - Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin addressed the controversial comments he made following Friday's teacher rally in Frankfort.
While speaking with reporters in Frankfort Friday, Bevin claimed that teachers who called in sick to protest put the children's lives in danger.
"You know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone?" Bevin asked. "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."
Teachers have responded by organizing a campaign to "Black Out" the governor's words. Many will wear black on Monday and use the hashtag #BlackOutBevin on social media to express their disappointment.
Bevin's comments sparked backlash and responses from the Kentucky Attorney General, The Senate and House Democratic Caucuses, GOP Senator Damon Thayer, and KEA President Stephanie Winkler.
Bevin posted a video to his Twitter account Sunday in an effort to explain his comments.
"It is my responsibility to represent you, not only when I'm speaking to you but also when I'm speaking on your behalf. It is not my intent to hurt anyone, but to help us all move forward. We need each other. We're in this together." Bevin said.
In the video, Bevin never explicitly mentioned his comments on sexual assault, instead he referred to what he called 'unintended consequences' of schools closing.
Bevin appeared to attributed the negative response to his comments to a misunderstanding saying the way people interpreted them or the way he said them lead also to unintended consequences.
The governor went on to apologize to those he claims were hurt by his words and said he takes responsibility for his words.
At least 44 school districts closed Friday as teachers marched on the state capitol in call on legislators to override the governor's veto of the state's budget and tax plan.
Protesters succeeded in their efforts and legislators overturned Bevin's budget and tax vetoes on the final day of the 2018 legislative session.
"I'm offended by the idea that people so cavalierly, and so flippantly, disregarded what's truly best for children," Bevin also said following Friday's rally.