A Tennessee assistant principal made appaling remarks about girls in a video addressing a school dress code policy, and it has parents and members of the community in an uproar.
Jared Hensley is the assistant principal and athletic director at Soddy-Daisy High School near Chattanooga, and he delivered a video message to the students in the school regarding the dress code. Apparently, the rules had to change only because of the girls.
He said that students are not allowed to wear athletic shorts, and while he didn’t share the actual reasons that motivated the school to make this rule, he gave his own extremely gross opinion:
“If you really want someone to blame, blame the girls. 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 gotta 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.”
Yup, you read it right. He even brought up the Bible into it.
The video was first posted on YouTube and it included footage from student journalist on other topics. However, it was removed after they received backlash. Multiple women’s groups reposted it since then.
After reviewing Hensley’s comments, Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson has made a statement.
“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. We hold our employees and our leaders to a high standard, and these comments do not match the high expectations we have for our employees. We seek to prepare all children for success in life after high school and expect our employees to provide an atmosphere that will empower all children to reach their full potential.”
Hensley is on administrative leave at the moment, so it’s on the community to debate his message and whether he should still be allowed to work at the school.
A mother from the district said that the comments ‘disgusted’ her.
“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 s*xist and misogynistic. And do nothing but perpetuate victim-blaming and reinforce the r*pe culture that is so insidiously ingrained in our society.” – she said.
There are always people who feel the need to defend s*!t like this, however, so school board member Rhonda Thurman said that this is the least of the community’s worries due to recent flooding and the death of a local elderly woman.
“There’s a lot going on right now to be worried about this in Soddy-Daisy. I’m having a real hard time getting upset about this. I’m not worried about that right now. He meant absolutely no harm by this. This is so ridiculous. Can nobody take a joke anymore? He was just talking to the kids in their language and trying to be funny.” – she noted.
Well, we can only be upset about one thing at a time, obviously. Right, Rhonda?