A high school assistant principal and athletic director at Soddy-Daisy High School near Chattanooga, Tennessee is under fire for his “misogynistic comments” in a school PSA about the dress code.
Speaking about a new policy on athletic shorts, Jared Hensley said students are no longer allowed to wear the sports attire in school, reports Knox News.
Hensley went on to “joke” that boys would probably be unhappy about the ban on athletic shorts and that the female students are to blame for the new rule.
“If you really want someone to blame, blame the girls. Because they pretty much ruin everything.”
“They ruin the dress code, well — ask Adam. Look at Eve. That’s really all you got to get to. You can go back to the beginning of time.
So, it’ll be like that for the rest of your life; get used to it, keep your mouth shut, suck it up and follow the rules.”
The video was then shared on social media and was later met with public outrage after the message went viral.
Watch the video:
Hensley was put on leave indefinitely, although some members of the community came to his defense, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Soddy-Daisy High student Hayden McMillion wrote in an email:
The joke he made on our school’s news was in poor taste, but please keep in mind that these news segments are filmed and edited by the student body, and shown almost exclusively to the school body.
At Soddy-Daisy High, most of the students and teachers are very comfortable with each other and get along very well. And, because it is a very conservative place, jokes such as this are not unheard of.
And they are no more than that — JOKES. Nobody here seriously believes women ruin everything.
The backlash prompted support from some students who started the hashtag #TeamHensley on social media.
The Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson called his comments “inexcusable” on Wednesday.
In the statement made to the Times Free Press, 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.
The video posted to Youtube was taken eventually down, but later re-uploaded by various news outlets.