Blame Game

September 27, 2018

A high school athletic director was placed on indefinite leave after making remarks about how girls “pretty much ruin everything."

According to Fox News, Jared Hensley, Athletic Director of Soddy-Daisy(Tenn.) High School, was captured on video when he informed Soddy-Daisy students that athletic shorts are not appropriate classroom attire, noting that this could disappoint the boys. The video was posted on YouTube, but was removed.

"If you really want someone to blame, blame the girls,"Hensley said, "because they pretty much ruin everything. They ruin the dress code, they ruin ... well, ask Adam. Look at Eve … You can really go back to the beginning of time.”

Bryan Johnson, Superintendent of Hamilton County, said Hensley had been placed on leave because his “comments do not match the high expectations we have for our employees.”

“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,” Johnson said “The situation is under investigation, and this employee has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately."

Natalie Green, whose daughter is a student at Soddy-Daisy, said Hensley's comments were “blatantly sexist and misogynistic,” and also did “nothing but perpetuate victim-blaming and reinforce the rape culture that is so insidiously ingrained in our society." 

Some of Hensley's students spoke out in support of him.

"I believe that what Hensley said was not well thought out and was taken a bit too far. With that being said, as a female at Soddy-Daisy High School, I have never felt victimized of shamed for who/what I am, by Hensley, or any other staff member," said Tori Brown, senior class president, in a statement that appeared in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "I 100% can not speak for every female at the high school but as for your senior class president, and vice president, we are 100% behind Hensley."

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