The athletic director of Soddy-Daisy High School in Tennessee has just been placed on leave after telling boys at the school to blame female students for a new dress code policy banning athletic shorts. Jared Hensley made the comment in response to his sense that the change would be unpopular and went on to say that girls invariably “ruin everything.”
“I know, boys, you’re thinking, ‘I don’t understand why,’” he said. “If you really want someone to blame, blame the girls. ‘Cause they pretty much ruin everything. They ruin the dress code, they ruin… Ask Adam, look at Eve. That’s really all you gotta get to.” Said Hensley. “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. Just keep your mouth shut, suck it up (and) follow the rules.”
Apparently, this clip is part of a regular student made production called A Helping of Hensley where the instructor makes weekly announcements and doles out important information. But the now-deleted YouTube video has drawn the ire of local parents, one of whom called out Hensley for perpetuating the same common and damaging treatment of women that many believe is currently taking place in politics.
“This is how Kavanaugh is getting so much support from the GOP,” the mother told the Times Free Press. “This nation has made sexism normal and acceptable. People feel like they can say things like this with no repercussions.”
Still, despite the fact that Hensley has been placed on leave, some students are still backing him. Senior class vice president Paige Dunny even called Henley a “wonderful man” and said he shouldn’t lose a job over one bad comment.
“While distasteful, it doesn’t give a glimpse into the man he actually is,” said Dunny.