School Administrator Placed on Leave After Recording Disparaging Comments About Women
A school administrator in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee
was placed on administrative leave after parents complained about a video the administrator posted to YouTube. Soddy-Daisy High School Assistant Principal, Jared Hensley, recorded a video for the school’s YouTube page explaining a change to school dress code, banning athletic shorts. “If you really want someone to blame, blame the girls,” Hensley says in the video. “They pretty much ruin everything. They ruin the dress code. Well, ask Adam – look at Eve… You can really go back to the beginning of time.” In the days since parents began to complain about the video, some students have campaigned for Hensley to return to school. Paige Dunny, the school’s senior class president, defended Hensley in an email to a local news channel. “While the comments he said were distasteful and uncalled for, I believe that he did not mean them, and they have been taken out of context,” Dunny wrote. The school has since removed all videos from its YouTube page. In a 2017 MTV/PRRI
youth survey of people aged 15-24, 50 percent of respondents said that societal pressures on young men to act in traditionally masculine ways leads men to treat women as weaker and less capable.