'We're getting soft': Gov. Bevin criticizes cold weather school closings

Published: Jan. 29, 2019 at 6:03 PM EST
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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is expressing some criticism after dozens of school districts announced it would cancel classes because of the dangerously cold temperatures invading the Commonwealth.

"There's no ice going with it or any snow," Bevin said. "I mean, what happens to America? We're getting soft, Terry. We're getting soft."

Bevin would later say he was being "slightly facetious" and said it is better to err on the side of caution, but he believes this could set a poor precedent for the youth.

"It does concern me a little bit that in America, on this and many other fronts, we're sending messages to our young people that if life is hard you can curl up in the fetal position somewhere in a warm place and just wait until it stops being hard, and that just isn't reality. It isn't," Bevin said.

The governor's comments drew criticism from Republican gubernatorial challenger Rep. Robert Goforth, who took a shot at Bevin's education. The governor went to a private school in Maine with a tuition of $37,800 for day students.