Dress code changed because ‘girls ruin everything,’ athletic director says

Jared Hensley may have been unqualified for a career in theology, so he ended up as an athletic director at a Tennessee high school, which also appears to be on thin ice now.

Hensley has been placed on leave from Soddy-Daisy High School for molding the young minds of Tennessee with the notion that girls ruin everything. He was explaining why athletic shorts are no longer acceptable under the dress code.

“It’ll be that way until the end of time; get used to it,” he said.

“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 sexist and misogynistic,” Natalie Green, the mother of a student, tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “And do nothing but perpetuate victim-blaming and reinforce the rape culture that is so insidiously ingrained in our society.”

The school superintendent said the remarks are inexcusable.

“I’m having a real hard time getting upset about this,” countered school board member Rhonda Thurman. “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.”

“While distasteful, it doesn’t give a glimpse into the man he actually is,” a student said.

For the record, Adam & Eve was not the beginning of time.

(h/t: Deadspin)

  • Mike Worcester

    //“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.”

    Yeah….freakin’ hilarious….

    Next up he will be lecturing the health classes about cooties and girl germs. I mean, why not? That’s a joke also, right?

  • MrE85

    Even a place named “Soddy-Daisy” deserves better than this.

    What do you bet this guy went through a bitter divorce recently? Don’t take it out on the kids, pal.

    Suck it up.

    • BJ

      His Twitter Bio has picture of him and kids and dog but no wife.

  • crystals

    That girls are blamed for what they wear instead of boys being blamed for how they choose to behave is so representative of what’s wrong with us.

    • John


  • 212944

    This guy is a problem, no doubt.

    But I have to ask, who hired him and kept him in a position in which he works with children? Is this just an extreme example of an outlier, left unchecked to make policy and be in power? Or a representative of a common mindset there?

    • X.A. Smith

      This guy would have flourished in the High School I went to.

  • Kassie

    Ick. The whole video was icky. What a gross man. How did he ever get in a position of power?

  • Al

    You know, it is nothing. It should be nothing. THIS SHOULD NOT BE A BIG DEAL.

    But when you hear it every day? It’s a big deal.

    Girls ruin everything.
    Girls can’t take a joke.
    Girls are dumb.
    Girls are the reason we can’t have nice things.
    Women ruin everything.
    Women can’t take a joke.
    Women are unreasonable.
    Women don’t run things, so don’t listen to what they say.
    Women can’t let something go that happened 20 years ago.

    Yup. Big deal.

    • Kassie

      Also, he said, get used to it boys, it is just how it is and always will be. I was just waiting for him to say “Happy Wife, Happy Life,” my least favorite saying in the world. Not only is saying women ruin everything, but he is also saying that men need to be miserable in relationships with women and should expect to be. In reality, he is just a miserable human.

  • BReynolds33

    I’m still lost as to how a school can regulate dress down to how long shorts can be. The Tinker decision did not open the door to schools regulating the length of skirts, the cut of a shirt, or if bra straps can show. Not even kind of.

    Of course, when the majority of parents think these dress codes are awesome, the school board can do whatever they want, I suppose.

    • Kassie

      Well, in this case, instead of regulating length, they just said no gym shorts, so they regulated by type.

      • Barton

        I’m going to assume that most women here remember either having a guy come and pull their shorts down to their ankles in junior high/high school, or know someone who had it happen to them. I get the regulation against gym shorts: its just another example of women having to regulate their choices because boys/men aren’t held responsible for theirs.

      • BReynolds33

        Also a violation of the first amendment, under the Tinker decision.

    • RBHolb

      Dress codes have been pretty uniformly upheld by courts, unless the code is something like “no political slogans.”

      • BReynolds33

        The SCOTUS has never ruled on dress codes. Tinker suggests where they were headed. Good thing our school district dumped most of the dress code, or I’d sit and wait for the opportunity to challenge it.

  • chlost

    Wow. Just wow.
    No need to wonder why we are where we are today.

  • John

    “For the record, Adam & Eve was not the beginning of time.”

    Well of course not, Bob. They happened on Day 6. The beginning of time was nearly a week before that.

    • jon

      one week and 13.8 billion years.

      • John

        give or take a few billion.

  • RBHolb

    “He was just talking to the kids in their language and trying to be funny.”

    He was talking to the BOYS in their language. He was trying to be funny for the guys.

  • merry_rose

    This guy makes my blood boil and I’m an educator. If I’d been listening as a member of the staff, I’d be filing a complaint to the principal, the superintendent and the state education department. There is absolutely no place for that kind of misogyny especially since he’s specifically blaming the girls of the district for the boys being inconvenienced. F>%} that guy!!

  • lindblomeagles

    The most appalling thing about what the Educator said is he assumed the school district’s culture TOLERATED such attitudes (or jokes). The response from School Board Member Rhonda Thurman actually highlights why the educator, Jared Hensley, thought it was okay to say this. How sad is that?