School board says no answers yet regarding Ooltewah assault case after meeting with legal counsel

School board says no answers yet regarding Ooltewah assault case after meeting with legal counsel

January 6th, 2016 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

POLL: Should Ooltewah's boys basketball season have been cancelled?

Ooltewah High School is photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, near Chattanooga, Tenn.

Ooltewah High School is photographed on Wednesday, Dec....

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

The Hamilton County Board of Education met publicly for less than four minutes tonight.

School Board Chairman Jonathan Welch was the only person to speak to the room full of more than 100 people.

"The public is looking for answers and we won't have any tonight," he said.

Welch said he welcomes local law enforcement investigation, and hopes it will assure the public that nothing is being "swept under the rug" after a freshman member of the varsity boys basketball team was allegedly raped and assaulted with a pool cue on a team trip to Gatlinburg.

Three teammates were charged with allegedly assaulting the freshman teammate on Dec. 22, forcing a pool cue into his rectum, puncturing his colon and bladder. 

All questions at this time must be directed to the school board's attorney Scott Bennet, the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Welch said.

"Meeting adjourned."

Earlier today members of Ooltewah High School boys varsity and junior varsity team were informed that their season is over, effective immediately. 

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