Soddy Daisy Principal apologizes for “blame the girls” video


SODDY DAISY, Tennessee (WDEF) – The Principal of Soddy Daisy High School has responded to the criticism over a video report by his vice-principal.

On Wednesday, Jared Hensley spoke in a school YouTube video on Soddy Daisy’s dress code policy on athletic shorts.

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Some parents objected to his comments about blaming the girls for the policy and other comments after that.

The school system has placed Hensley on leave pending an investigation.

Here is Steven Henry’s 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.”

Tonight at six, Angela Moryan has reaction from student leaders at the school and Soddy Daisy’s representative on the school board.