Chattanooga High School Athletic Director On Leave After Recent Comments

Posted at 9:01 PM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 22:01:58-04

A Chattanooga area high school athletic director has been placed on leave after comments he made in a video that's getting a lot of attention.

“If you really want someone to blame, blame the girls cause they pretty much ruin everything. They ruin the dress code. Ask Adam, look at Eve,” said Jared Hensley, athletic director at Soddy-Daisy High School.

Students are not allowed to wear athletic shorts at school as part of the dress code. If students do, they can be given detention. Some of the boys weren't happy with the rule.

Hensley reportedly told the boys "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,” Hensley stated.

The superintendent released the following statement:

"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 video of Hensley’s comments was provided to NewsChannel 5 by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.