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High School Administrator Faces Backlash After Saying ‘Girls Ruin Everything’ In Viral Video

In a recent announcement to the student body concerning a new dress code at a high school in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, the school’s athletic director, Jared Hensley, said that if students were looking to blame someone, they could “blame the girls” because they “ruin everything.”

The backlash was immediate and unforgiving, especially from those outside the school.

Hensley was placed on leave following the incident.

The story has gained traction nationwide, with high-profile celebrities including Cher denouncing the athletic director’s words.

Some Soddy-Daisy students were grateful for the public outcry and believe Hensley deserves some sort of punishment.

Other students, however, insist that Hensley is a good school official, even if his words were misguided.

These students are proposing something the internet isn’t particularly equipped to handle: nuance. It’s very that Hensley, while a good person with good intentions, was oblivious to the effect of his words and how they inadvertently perpetuate systemic biases with far-reaching effects.

Of course, on the internet, people tend to take sides.

And, in many cases, some Twitter users’ reactions were even more offensive than the initial controversy.

The school district’s superintendent issued a statement, which reads:

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.

Hensley will remain on a leave of absence until the conclusion of an investigation into the incident.

H/T – Twitter, Hamilton County Schools

 

Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--