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Thu Jul 23, 2020, 01:15 AM

Missouri governor clarifies comments on school kids, virus [View all]

Source: Associated Press

Jim Salter and Summer Ballentine, Associated Press
Updated 8:43 pm CDT, Wednesday, July 22, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is clarifying comments he made in a radio interview in which he said children returning to school will come down with the coronavirus but will “get over it,” remarks that drew criticism from several Democrats as well as the head of a state teachers union.

The Republican governor made the comments Friday during an interview on “The Marc Cox Morning Show” on 97.1 FM in St. Louis. Democratic State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Parson's likely opponent in the November general election, said on Twitter that the governor showed “stunning ignorance” about how COVID-19 affects children.

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“What I was trying to say is that there is a very real possibility that there could be COVID in our schools, and we want to be prepared for that,” Parson said.

He said anyone who uses his comments politically to say he doesn't care about children “is one sick individual.”

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/article/Missouri-governor-clarifies-comments-on-school-15425961.php

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson

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