- Jared Hensley, the athletic director and a vice president at Soddy-Daisy High School near Chattanooga, Tennessee, was put on administrative leave on Wednesday.
- It came after he told students to “blame girls” for the dress code because they “pretty much ruin everything.”
- Students have since voiced their support for Hensley with the hashtag #TeamHensley.
A high school athletic director in Tennessee is being supported by students after being put on administrative leave for telling kids to “blame girls” for the dress code because they “pretty much ruin everything.”
Jared Hensley, the athletic director and a vice president at Soddy-Daisy High School near Chattanooga, made the video announcement on Wednesday morning to inform students about the dress code ban of 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 quickly caused uproar among parents and school administrators.
Students, however, were quick to support Hensley and have used the the hashtag, #TeamHensley, on Twitter to spread the word that they’re backing him.
This is OUR Vice Principal, Jared Hensley this afternoon during the chaos of the downpour and severe weather making sure everyone gets home safely. You cannot tell me that this man doesn’t care for the students of Soddy Daisy High School. #teamhensley pic.twitter.com/YCMRj4RjUb
— Gavin Chambers (@gav_chambers) September 26, 2018
ma’am. i attend this school and i personally know coach hensley. he did not mean for people to take this seriously. he meant it as a joke. people took it the wrong way. but him and his family don’t deserve this much hate from people who don’t know him ! #TeamHensley
— Olivia Rector (@okrector) September 27, 2018
— kt ham (@kt_lynn02) September 26, 2018
Soddy-Daisy senior class Vice President, Paige Dunny, emailed INSIDER to voice her support.
She said that she had never heard Hensley make sexist comments during school and that he doesn’t treat girls differently than boys at the school.
“While the comments he said were distasteful and uncalled for, I believe that he did not mean them and they have been taken out of context,” she said. “Mr. Hensley is one of the kindest and most caring members of our faculty and always goes out of his way to say hi and ask how I am. This man really cares about his school and I would hate to see him lose something that means so much over something that he did not mean.”
Before video of Hensley’s comments were removed from YouTube, the Chattanooga Times Free Press obtained a copy of it.
Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson released a statement on Wednesday announcing that Hensley was put on leave.
“We have reviewed the video content,” Johnson said, according to the Times Free Press. “We find the comments about young women in this video inexcusable, as the sentiments expressed do not align with the values of Hamilton County Schools. The situation is under investigation, and this employee has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately.”
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