UPDATE: Soddy Daisy Assistant Principal Jared Hensley has issued an apology for comments he made last week.

Hensley was placed on leave after he blamed girls for dress code changes during a school newscast.

You can read the full apology below.

PREVIOUS STORY: Some students are defending Soddy Daisy Assistant Principal Jared Hensley is on leave after blaming girls for a change to the school's dress code policy during a school newscast.

"If we're being honest, the girls are the reason we can't wear athletic shorts really," Soddy Daisy High School junior class president Annabelle Sapp said.

Sapp is one of several students defending the SDHS Assistant Principal Jared Hensley. He is on leave after blaming girls for a change to the school's dress code policy during a school newscast, telling students they would no longer be able to wear athletic shorts because of female students.

"If you really want someone to blame, blame the girls because they pretty much ruin everything. They ruin the dress code, they ruin the clothes. I mean ask Adam and Eve. You can really go back to the beginning of time,” Hensley said during the broadcast, “So, it'll be like that the rest of your life, get used to it, keep your mouth shut, suck it up, follow the rules."

Many people took to social media angry at the comments. 

But four young women who serve as class officers are defending Hensley. They said he was joking and being sarcastic.

"I think that what he said, the intent behind it was not to hurt any female or girl in this school," said senior class president Tori Brown.

They don't agree with what he said and see why some people are offended. However, they believe Hensley is a good administrator and said this doesn't reflect his character as a teacher.

"I do see where they're coming from, where we can't just let it go especially not in this time or place, and people are offended,” urged Sapp, “But I do think this one negative should not outweigh all the positives that he's done for our school as an administrator."

The young women also believe Hensley should face consequences of some sort, but don’t believe the comments should put him out of a job.

"We all agree that there should be repercussions for the statement,” Brown said, “We just don't agree that those repercussions should be firing him."

Soddy Daisy High School Principal Steve Henry also released this statement:

“As the principal of Soddy Daisy High School, I believe students are the focus of our work, and we value all students as we seek to create opportunities for success for our graduates.  The recent comments about young women by Assistant Principal Jared Hensley are not representative of who we are as a school, and I do not condone his comments.  I sincerely apologize that the video was played at school and that the inappropriate comments may have upset any member of our community.  It is my desire that teachers, students, parents, and the community work together focused on supporting all students at Soddy Daisy High.”


PREVIOUS STORY: The principal of Soddy Daisy High School released a statement addressing the comments made by one of the school's assistant principals that has upset some parents and community members.

Assistant principal and athletic director Jared Hensley is on administrative leave for comments he made in the school's newscast, which was posted on YouTube, about athletic shorts being against the dress code for both male and female students.

Hensley said that boys who were upset with the dress code could "blame the girls" and referenced used a joke about Adam and Eve. 

Thursday, Principal Steven Henry released the following statement about the Hensley's comments in the video:

As the principal of Soddy Daisy High School, I believe students are the focus of our work, and we value all students as we seek to create opportunities for success for our graduates.  The recent comments about young women by Assistant Principal Jared Hensley are not representative of who we are as a school, and I do not condone his comments.  I sincerely apologize that the video was played at school and that the inappropriate comments may have upset any member of our community.  It is my desire that teachers, students, parents, and the community work together focused on supporting all students at Soddy Daisy High.

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson quickly released a statement on Wednesday addressing the video, saying Hensley's comments were "inexcusable."

Some of the senior class officers have come out in support of Hensley, saying they have never felt victimized or shamed by Hensley for who they are.

Some students were planning to hold a rally in support of Hensley on Thursday; however, parents canceled the event due to the dangerous road conditions.

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ORIGINAL STORY: A Soddy-Daisy High School assistant principal has been placed on leave for comments he made in a school video.

Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson said the comments Jared Hensley made about blaming girls were "inexcusable."

"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," Dr. Johnson said. "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."

You can read the complete statement from Dr. Johnson below:

As an educator, I believe that all students deserve a high-quality education. In Hamilton County Schools, we are committed to serving all students well. We have reviewed the video content. 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.

The comments by Hensley, who is also the school's athletic director, were made in the school's news program Wednesday.

The Soddy Daisy High School senior class president, Tori Brown, released the following statement:

Actress and singer Cher tweeted about Hensley's comments Wednesday night.

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