A high school athletic director told students to 'blame girls' for dress code rules because they 'pretty much ruin everything'

Chattanooga Times Free PressSoddy Daisy High School Athletic Director Jared Hensley
  • Jared Hensley, the athletic director at Soddy-Daisy High School in Tennessee, was filmed for a student broadcast talking about the dress code.
  • In the broadcast he apologised to students for the ban on athletic shorts.
  • He then said to “blame girls” for the ban because they “pretty much ruin everything.”

A high school athletic director in Tennessee has outraged his community after telling students to “blame girls” for the dress code because they “pretty much ruin everything.”

A video of Soddy-Daisy High School athletic director Jared Hensley making his dress code statements was deleted after people questioned his comments about a ban on athletic shorts.

“If you really want someone to blame, blame the girls because they pretty much ruin everything,” Hensley said. “They ruin the dress code, they ruin…well, ask Adam. Look at Eve. That’s really all you really gotta get to, OK. You can really go back to the beginning of time. So, it will be like that the rest of your life. Get used to it, keep your mouth shut, suck it up [and] follow the rules.”

The video was originally uploaded to YouTube and contains other announcements that were broadcast to the school.

Before the video was removed, the Chattanooga Times Free Press obtained a copy of it.

Parents told the Times Free Press that Hensley’s comments were sexist and misogynistic.

Taylor Lyons, the co-founder of the local group Chattanooga Mums for Social Justice, said she had “no doubt” that Hensley would say he was joking when he made the comments.

“However, given the current social climate, his comments are insensitive at best and wildly inappropriate at worst. To suggest that ‘girls are responsible for ruining everything since the beginning of time and will continue to do so’ is completely unacceptable and he needs to apologise,” she said.

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson said he was aware of the video but the district had yet to make an official statement.

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