A high school assistant principal posted a video banning athletic shorts where he blames girls because ‘they pretty much ruin everything.’
Jared Hensley, the athletic director and assistant principal of Soddy-Daisy High School, in Tennessee, posted the clip on YouTube on Wednesday morning but the video was removed within hours amid the furious backlash.
Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson branded the comments ‘inexcusable’, and said that Hensley had been placed on administrative leave.
Jared Hensley, the athletic director and assistant principal of Soddy-Daisy High School, in Tennessee, posted the clip on YouTube on Wednesday (pictured in the video)
In the video, Hensley was discussing a new school policy banning the wearing of athletic shorts.
‘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. That’s really all you really got to get to, OK. You can really go back to the beginning of time. So, it’ll be like that the rest of your life. Get used to it, keep your mouth shut, suck it up (and) follow the rules.’
He warned that anyone who did not follow the rules would end up in detention or Saturday school.
In the video, Hensley was discussing a new school policy banning the wearing of athletic shorts when he says blame the girls because ‘they pretty much ruin everything’
Parents were outraged over the sexist comments.
Natalie Green, a mother of a daughter in Hamilton County Schools, told Times Free Press that she was disgusted by Hensley’s ‘misogynistic’ statement.
‘The fact that they’re coming from an educator is bad enough, but the fact that they’re coming from a man in a position of power is even worse. These remarks are blatantly sexist and misogynistic,’ Green said. ‘And do nothing but perpetuate victim-blaming and reinforce the rape culture that is so insidiously ingrained in our society.’
Alicia Whitley, who has four children at Hamilton County, said that the assistant principal’s comments were a sign of the time.
‘This is how (Supreme Court nominee Brett) Kavanaugh is getting so much support from the GOP. This nation has made sexism normal and acceptable. People feel like they can say things like this with no repercussions,’ Whitley said.
Hensley, the athletic director and assistant principal of Soddy-Daisy High School, in Tennessee, has been placed on leave
Johnson says the school is investigating.
In a statement, he said: ‘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. These comments do not match the high expectations we have for our employees.
‘The situation is under investigation, and this employee has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately.’
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