Tagged: "Ooltewah - Rape"

Attorneys for Ooltewah assault victims want to see private documents used to create report

Story Attorneys for Ooltewah assault victims want to see private documents used to create report

A private lawyer created 130 or so documents while producing a report on Ooltewah High School's sexual harassment culture, and civil attorneys for the December 2015 assault victims are now demanding to see them.

Judge dismisses perjury charges against Gatlinburg detective in Ooltewah rape case

Story Judge dismisses perjury charges against Gatlinburg detective in Ooltewah rape case

A judge on Tuesday dismissed criminal charges against the Gatlinburg, Tenn., police detective accused of making false statements during a hearing in the Ooltewah rape case.

Records show history of hazing and sexual abuse at Grundy County High School

Story Records show history of hazing and sexual abuse at Grundy County High School

Attempted rape charges against five Grundy County High School football players are only the latest in a litany of sexual misconduct and bullying at the school, police records and court documents show.

Attorney for former Ooltewah coaches wants to add more evidence to lawsuit

Story Attorney for former Ooltewah coaches wants to add more evidence to lawsuit

An attorney for former Ooltewah High School employees claiming they were wrongly mistreated during a 2015 rape case wants to beef up their lawsuit with more evidence pointing to the man who was the Hamilton County Schools superintendent at the time.

Judge sets trial date for detective charged with perjury in Ooltewah High School rape case

Story Judge sets trial date for detective charged with perjury in Ooltewah High School rape case

The Gatlinburg, Tenn., police detective charged with making false statements during a hearing in the Ooltewah rape case is heading to trial in March, unless a judge agrees to dismiss the case first.

Wiedmer: Whether in Grundy County or elsewhere, bullying must stop

Story Wiedmer: Whether in Grundy County or elsewhere, bullying must stop

As the executive director for the National Center for the Development of Boys, longtime McCallie School administrator and lacrosse coach Troy Kemp has spent more time studying bullying and hazing than most.

District attorney's office responds to Ooltewah rape case lawsuit

Story District attorney's office responds to Ooltewah rape case lawsuit

Joining other state agencies, the district attorney general's office in Hamilton County has asked to be dismissed from a $6 million-plus lawsuit filed by three former Ooltewah High School employees and their wives in connection with a 2015 rape.

Gatlinburg Detective charged in connection with Ooltewah rape case to appear in court

Story Gatlinburg Detective charged in connection with Ooltewah rape case to appear in court

Gatlinburg, Tenn., police detective Rodney Burns is scheduled to appear in Hamilton County Criminal Court today.

County, Children's Services respond to Ooltewah rape case lawsuit

Story County, Children's Services respond to Ooltewah rape case lawsuit

Hamilton County and the Tennessee Department of Children's Services claim three former Ooltewah High School employees cannot sue them for actions taken after the 2015 rape of a student.

School district, former superintendent respond to Ooltewah rape case lawsuit

Story School district, former superintendent respond to Ooltewah rape case lawsuit

The Hamilton County Department of Education and former schools Superintendent Rick Smith claim three former employees can't hold them liable for any fallout stemming from the 2015 Ooltewah High School pool cue rape.

Judge: State, county and school district must respond to ex-Ooltewah employees' lawsuit

Story Judge: State, county and school district must respond to ex-Ooltewah employees' lawsuit

A federal judge has ordered officials from the state, county and school district to respond to the lawsuit filed against them Monday by three former Ooltewah High School employees in connection with the school's 2015 pool-cue rape case.

Ex-Ooltewah High staffers' lawsuit claims mistreatment in wake of rape case

Story Ex-Ooltewah High staffers' lawsuit claims mistreatment in wake of rape case

In the wake of the 2015 Ooltewah High School rape, three former employees of the school claim they were mistreated and should receive millions of dollars in damages.

Three former Ooltewah High School employees file federal lawsuit over rape case fallout

Story Three former Ooltewah High School employees file federal lawsuit over rape case fallout

Three former Ooltewah High School employees have filed a federal lawsuit claiming they were mistreated in the days and months after the pool cue rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman.

Cooper: School district's continued communication problem

Story Cooper: School district's continued communication problem

A paper trail of public records indicates the Hamilton County Board of Education and Hamilton County Department of Education have not learned communication lessons stemming from the poor handling of the fallout from the Ooltewah High School rape case in December 2015.

Students sexually abused by peers face struggles in court

Story Students sexually abused by peers face struggles in court

When children sexually assault other children at school, sometimes the only measure of justice comes through the courts.

Ooltewah High School principal named a finalist for Principal of the Year

Story Ooltewah High School principal named a finalist for Principal of the Year

Robin Copp, principal at Ooltewah High School, is the Principal of the Year for southeast Tennessee.

Appeals court upholds local judge's ruling in connection with Ooltewah High School rape case

Story Appeals court upholds local judge's ruling in connection with Ooltewah High School rape case

The Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals has denied Gatlinburg Police Department Det. Rodney Burns' request that it overturn a local judge's ruling, a development that allows Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston to continue prosecuting the case.

Gatlinburg detective facing charges in Ooltewah case continues to argue it should be dismissed

Story Gatlinburg detective facing charges in Ooltewah case continues to argue it should be dismissed

Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns, the only adult still facing charges in connection with the Ooltewah High School rape case, appeared in Hamilton County Criminal Court this afternoon.

Ooltewah rape case set for trial in 2018, judge tells attorneys this case is a 'priority'

Story Ooltewah rape case set for trial in 2018, judge tells attorneys this case is a 'priority'

Nearly 15 months after Ooltewah High School freshmen were assaulted with a pool cue, a trial date has been set in the federal case, and by the trial's start - if not before - the victims are expecting large payouts from Hamilton County Schools.

Former Ooltewah High School employees deny culture of hazing and abuse

Story Former Ooltewah High School employees deny culture of hazing and abuse

Two independent investigations say a culture of hazing and abuse existed before the 2015 rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman by three of his basketball teammates, but three former school employees deny the findings, according to federal court documents filed late last week.

Lawmakers plan to rewrite child abuse reporting law following the Ooltewah High School rape case

Story Lawmakers plan to rewrite child abuse reporting law following the Ooltewah High School rape case

Hamilton County lawmakers are rewriting Tennessee's child abuse reporting laws to clarify and strengthen the language in response to the 2015 Ooltewah High School rape case.

Ooltewah rape case: Hamilton County Schools argues it shouldn't be held liable in second federal lawsuit

Story Ooltewah rape case: Hamilton County Schools argues it shouldn't be held liable in second federal lawsuit

Hamilton County Schools continues to argue it should not be held liable for the reported sexual assaults of freshmen on the Ooltewah High School basketball team.

Only adult still facing charges in Ooltewah rape case plans to appeal to higher court

Story Only adult still facing charges in Ooltewah rape case plans to appeal to higher court

The only adult still facing charges in connection with the Ooltewah High School rape case plans to appeal a local judge's decision allowing Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston to prosecute his case.

Gatlinburg police detective charged in connection with Ooltewah rape case will appeal judge's decision

Story Gatlinburg police detective charged in connection with Ooltewah rape case will appeal judge's decision

Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns plans to appeal a Hamilton County Criminal Court judge's decision in his case.

One year later: Ooltewah basketball recovers from hazing incident

Story One year later: Ooltewah basketball recovers from hazing incident

Last Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of a hazing incident in the boys' basketball program at Ooltewah High School that not only rocked the suburb northeast of Chattanooga but sent shock waves throughout all of East Tennessee and beyond.

Lawsuit filed in Ooltewah sexual assault claims Hamilton County Schools covered up abuse

Story Lawsuit filed in Ooltewah sexual assault claims Hamilton County Schools covered up abuse

A second federal lawsuit filed in connection with the Ooltewah High School rape case claims Hamilton County Schools and some of its employees allowed a culture of bullying and sexual assault to fester at the school, leaving students unprotected.

Second victim sues over Ooltewah sex assaults [copy of lawsuit attached]

Story Second victim sues over Ooltewah sex assaults [copy of lawsuit attached]

Teen says schools failed to protect him during Gatlinburg trip in December 2015

Judge dismisses charges against former Ooltewah High School basketball coach

Story Judge dismisses charges against former Ooltewah High School basketball coach

A judge is expected to determine today whether or not to dismiss the charges against former Ooltewah High School's head basketball coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery.

Judge to decide whether to dismiss charges against former coach in Ooltewah rape case

Story Judge to decide whether to dismiss charges against former coach in Ooltewah rape case

A judge will decide whether to dismiss charges against former coach Andre 'Tank' Montgomery near the one-year anniversary of the rape of an Ooltewah High School basketball player.

Ex-Ooltewah employees join school board in denying liability in Gatlinburg rape

Story Ex-Ooltewah employees join school board in denying liability in Gatlinburg rape

Three former Ooltewah High School employees are claiming no responsibility for the pool-cue rape of a freshman basketball player in December 2015, saying three of the victim's teammates are solely to blame for the attack, according to federal court documents.

Former Ooltewah High School employees blame rape victim's basketball teammates in response to lawsuit

Story Former Ooltewah High School employees blame rape victim's basketball teammates in response to lawsuit

Three former Ooltewah High School employees claim they should not be held liable for the pool-cue rape of a freshman basketball player in December, saying three of the victim's teammates are solely responsible for the attack, according to a response filed in federal court.

Attorney asks for lawsuit from Ooltewah victim against school board be dismissed

Story Attorney asks for lawsuit from Ooltewah victim against school board be dismissed

The Hamilton County Board of Education has responded to the lawsuit filed against them in September by the main victim in the Ooltewah High School rape case.

Gatlinburg Detective Rodney Burns back in Hamilton County Criminal Court in connection with Ooltewah rape case

Story Gatlinburg Detective Rodney Burns back in Hamilton County Criminal Court in connection with Ooltewah rape case

Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns is appearing this morning before Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz, facing charges in connection with the Ooltewah High School rape case.

Judge allows DA to continue in perjury case against Gatlinburg detective

Story Judge allows DA to continue in perjury case against Gatlinburg detective

A judge has denied a motion to disqualify Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston from prosecuting Gatlinburg, Tenn., detective Rodney Burns.

District attorney to continue prosecuting Gatlinburg detective for perjury in Ooltewah rape case

Story District attorney to continue prosecuting Gatlinburg detective for perjury in Ooltewah rape case

A judge has denied a motion to disqualify Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston from prosecuting Gatlingburg, Tenn., detective Rodney Burns.

Former Ooltewah High School basketball coach hearing delayed

Story Former Ooltewah High School basketball coach hearing delayed

An attorney representing Andre "Tank" Montgomery appeared this morning before Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole and asked to delay the scheduled hearing.

Former Ooltewah athlete spending less than a year in custody for rape conviction

Story Former Ooltewah athlete spending less than a year in custody for rape conviction

The former Ooltewah High School student convicted of raping his basketball teammate with a pool cue will be released from custody Nov. 21, having spent less than a year in juvenile detention, according to a source who attended his sentencing.

Former Ooltewah students convicted of rape-related charges will be released this year

Story Former Ooltewah students convicted of rape-related charges will be released this year

The former Ooltewah High School student convicted of raping his basketball teammate with a pool-cue will remain in custody until Nov. 21 and then be released, according to someone inside the courtroom.

Sentence hearing for 3 students convicted in Ooltewah rape case

Story Sentence hearing for 3 students convicted in Ooltewah rape case

Kendi Rainwater was live-tweeting coverage of the three students sentenced in the Ooltewah rape case.

District attorney's report on Ooltewah High rape case criticizes school district

Story District attorney's report on Ooltewah High rape case criticizes school district

After months of investigating Ooltewah High School, following the attack of a freshman by his basketball teammates in December, Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston released a report today detailing how the school district failed to supervise its employees and protect students.

Attorneys representing victim of Ooltewah rape case file lawsuit

Story Attorneys representing victim of Ooltewah rape case file lawsuit

Citing a long and violent history of hazing and sexual abuse of male student athletes, attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the Hamilton County Board of Education and former Ooltewah High School employees in connection with the December 2015 pool-cue rape of a freshman.

Cooper: Ooltewah rape suit adds to board woes

Story Cooper: Ooltewah rape suit adds to board woes

As if selecting a new superintendent and shepherding policies and strategies that will move students forward weren't enough, the Hamilton County Board of Education now must contend with a lawsuit from the alleged pool cue rape of a member of the Ooltewah High School basketball team in an incident in Gatlinburg, Tenn., last December.

Lawsuit filed in Ooltewah High School rape case names school board and school employees as defendants

Story Lawsuit filed in Ooltewah High School rape case names school board and school employees as defendants

Eight months after the pool-cue rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman, the victim's attorneys sued the Hamilton County Board of Education and former Ooltewah High School employees.

Former Ooltewah basketball coach asks that charges be dismissed

Story Former Ooltewah basketball coach asks that charges be dismissed

One day after the conviction of three former Ooltewah High School students in the assault of their basketball teammate, the boys' coach was also in court.

LIVE: Former Ooltewah High School basketball coach appears in court

Story LIVE: Former Ooltewah High School basketball coach appears in court

The day after three former Ooltewah High School basketball players were convicted in connection with the rape of a teammate, the team's former head coach Andre Montgomery appeared in Hamilton County Criminal Court.

Victim lawsuit imminent after three teens convicted in Ooltewah rape case

Story Victim lawsuit imminent after three teens convicted in Ooltewah rape case

Three former Ooltewah High School basketball players left the Sevier County Courthouse in handcuffs Tuesday, convicted in connection with the pool-cue rape of their freshman teammate.

Former Ooltewah High School students charged with assaulting teammate appear in court

Story Former Ooltewah High School students charged with assaulting teammate appear in court

Eight months after the pool-cue rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman, the three teammates charged in connection with the assault are expected to appear today in Sevier County Juvenile Court.

DA warns of problems if he's taken off Gatlinburg detective's perjury case

Story DA warns of problems if he's taken off Gatlinburg detective's perjury case

It's still undecided if Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston will continue prosecuting Gatlinburg Police Department Detective Rodney Burns, who faces charges of aggravated perjury in connection with the Ooltewah High School rape.

Judge says he needs more time on decision to remove Pinkston from prosecution

Story Judge says he needs more time on decision to remove Pinkston from prosecution

Our reporter Kendi Rainwater is live-tweeting Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns' appearance in Hamilton County criminal court.

Sohn: Want to blame media for Ooltewah? Bring it on

Story Sohn: Want to blame media for Ooltewah? Bring it on

It is incomprehensible that Hamilton County Schools officials and members of the Board of Education would blame the media for the 'culture of hazing' that a recent report found existed last year — and maybe several years prior — on the boys' basketball team at Ooltewah High School.

Report calls Ooltewah High School's hazing training 'deficient'

Story Report calls Ooltewah High School's hazing training 'deficient'

A culture of bullying and hazing existed on the Ooltewah High School boy's basketball team for months, maybe even years, before the pool-cue rape of a freshman player, allegedly by three of his teammates, according to a new report.

Cooper: 'A culture of hazing'

Story Cooper: 'A culture of hazing'

A private attorney's investigation into the basketball program at Ooltewah High School did not uncover much more than already had been alleged or charged following last December's pool-cue rape of a player during a basketball tournament in Gatlinburg, Tenn., but it did verify and clarify much that had been alleged about the team in the run-up to and actions following the incident.

Greeson: Hamilton County school leaders' transparency is welcomed, but more details needed from Ooltewah

Story Greeson: Hamilton County school leaders' transparency is welcomed, but more details needed from Ooltewah

The Hamilton County Board of Education voted to release the findings of an independent investigation in the Ooltewah High School boys' basketball program for the hazing-turned-rape incident last December.

District Attorney says there's no conflict of interest in his prosecution of Gatlinburg detective

Story District Attorney says there's no conflict of interest in his prosecution of Gatlinburg detective

When Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston refused to drop the charges of aggravated perjury facing Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns, he was warned "it's going to get ugly."

A 'culture of hazing' existed on Ooltewah High School basketball team

Story A 'culture of hazing' existed on Ooltewah High School basketball team

A report detailing a private attorney's investigation into Ooltewah High School states a 'culture of hazing' existed on the school's basketball team.

Report detailing investigation into Ooltewah High School to be released

Story Report detailing investigation into Ooltewah High School to be released

A report detailing the findings of an investigation into Ooltewah High School, following the rape of a freshman, allegedly by three of his basketball teammates, is expected to be released tomorrow.

Attorney says coach was singled out unfairly in Ooltewah High rape case

Story Attorney says coach was singled out unfairly in Ooltewah High rape case

Last week, attorney Curtis Bowe filed two motions for his client, Andre 'Tank' Montgomery, one of three adults charged in the Ooltewah High School rape incident.

Williams and Haymon named new Ooltewah boys' basketball coaches

Story Williams and Haymon named new Ooltewah boys' basketball coaches

Jay Williams and Theanthony Haymon have been named head and assistant coach, respectively, at Ooltewah High School.

Detective Rodney Burns believes Neal Pinkston has conflict of interest in his prosecution

Story Detective Rodney Burns believes Neal Pinkston has conflict of interest in his prosecution

With more than a month remaining before Gatlinburg, Tenn., police Detective Rodney Burns is scheduled to appear in Hamilton County Criminal Court on charges of perjury, he is asking that Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston be removed from prosecuting his case.

Two Ooltewah High School administrators not returning after rape incident

Story Two Ooltewah High School administrators not returning after rape incident

In the wake of the 2015 rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman, allegedly by three of his basketball teammates, two of the school's former top administrators will not return to Hamilton County schools this fall.

Ooltewah coach, Gatlinburg detective plead not guilty in Ooltewah rape case

Story Ooltewah coach, Gatlinburg detective plead not guilty in Ooltewah rape case

In two adjacent courtrooms Friday morning, attorneys representing men charged in connection with the rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman said their clients were not guilty.

Two plead not guilty in connection with Ooltewah High School rape case

Story Two plead not guilty in connection with Ooltewah High School rape case

Two adults charged in connection with the rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman entered not guilty pleas this morning in Hamilton County Criminal Court.

Gatlinburg detective waives right to appear in court in connection with Ooltewah rape case testimony

Story Gatlinburg detective waives right to appear in court in connection with Ooltewah rape case testimony

Gatlinburg (Tenn.) police Detective Rodney Burns filed a motion Monday in Hamilton County Criminal Court stating he will not appear this Friday for his arraignment.

Detective investigating Ooltewah rape to be charged with aggravated perjury

Story Detective investigating Ooltewah rape to be charged with aggravated perjury

Detective Rodney Burns with the Gatlinburg Police Department is in the process of being booked into the Hamilton County Jail this morning and is expected to be charged with two counts of aggravated perjury related to his testimony regarding the rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman.

Former Ooltewah coach Andre 'Tank' Montgomery could spend nearly a year in prison

Story Former Ooltewah coach Andre 'Tank' Montgomery could spend nearly a year in prison

The first indictment in the Ooltewah High School rape case was handed down Wednesday, as the Hamilton County Grand Jury indicted the school's head basketball coach, Andre "Tank" Montgomery, on four counts of failing to report child sexual abuse.

Ooltewah athletic director could return to job after deal

Story Ooltewah athletic director could return to job after deal

Ooltewah High School's suspended athletic director could return to his job under an agreement reached Wednesday in Hamilton County Criminal Court.

Ooltewah athletic director strikes deal in rape case

Story Ooltewah athletic director strikes deal in rape case

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston offered a pre-trial diversion this morning to Ooltewah High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley, charged with failing to report child sexual abuse or suspected sexual child abuse in connection with the December rape of a student.

Walker Valley students found drinking alcohol removed from team

Story Walker Valley students found drinking alcohol removed from team

Baseball coaches at Walker Valley High School in Cleveland, Tenn., took swift action after they found nine students drinking beer and wine during the team's spring break trip to South Carolina.

Parents of victims in Ooltewah rape case upset suspect won't be tried as adult

Story Parents of victims in Ooltewah rape case upset suspect won't be tried as adult

Parents of victims wiped tears from their faces Tuesday afternoon as a Sevier County judge announced that the former Ooltewah High School senior who allegedly assaulted their sons would be tried as a juvenile.

Gatlinburg detective files $300,000 defamation lawsuit against Neal Pinkston

Story Gatlinburg detective files $300,000 defamation lawsuit against Neal Pinkston

Rodney Burns, a detective for the Gatlinburg, Tenn. police department, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Neal Pinkston, Hamilton County's district attorney, for publicly accusing Burns of perjury after the detective's testimony in the Ooltewah rape case.

Greeson: Smith's departure puts onus on school board to fix this

Story Greeson: Smith's departure puts onus on school board to fix this

Rick Smith resigned Monday.

Rick Smith quits after months of turmoil, revelation of scathing schools report

Story Rick Smith quits after months of turmoil, revelation of scathing schools report

After weathering more than two tumultuous months, Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith announced Monday he is leaving his post, effective immediately.

Greeson: School board members let us down; Smith needs to go

Story Greeson: School board members let us down; Smith needs to go

Monday night the school board failed us.

One Ooltewah rape case suspect may be tried as an adult

Story One Ooltewah rape case suspect may be tried as an adult

Officials with Sevier County Juvenile Court said a transfer hearing will be held March 15 to determine if one of the individuals charged in connection with the rape of an Ooltewah High School 15-year-old will be transferred to adult court.

Ooltewah substitute teacher and coach investigated for soliciting minor

Story Ooltewah substitute teacher and coach investigated for soliciting minor

The Collegedale Police Department is investigating an Ooltewah High School football coach and substitute teacher for soliciting a minor.

Cooper: Resignation still an option for Rick Smith

Story Cooper: Resignation still an option for Rick Smith

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith said Tuesday he previously chose to seek a buyout from his contract with the Hamilton County Board of Education when he felt he'd become a distraction in the day to day operations of the district.

Sohn: School board should stand for children

Story Sohn: School board should stand for children

Rick Smith is the Hamilton County schools superintendent who won't go away — the one who is a likable-enough guy and no doubt a good man, but not a leader. He's not even a capable administrator, as school events of the past four years have shown.

Rick Smith plans to remain schools superintendent through 2019

Story Rick Smith plans to remain schools superintendent through 2019

Hamilton County schools Superintendent Rick Smith told the Times Free Press ahead of a press conference Tuesday that he plans to remain the school system's leader.

Superintendent Rick Smith to remain at helm of Hamilton County school system

Story Superintendent Rick Smith to remain at helm of Hamilton County school system

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith will remain at the helm.

Decision looms today over superintendent's future

Story Decision looms today over superintendent's future

The Hamilton County Board of Education remains divided on tonight's vote regarding Superintendent Rick Smith's future.

Top national attorney hired to represent victim in Ooltewah rape case

Story Top national attorney hired to represent victim in Ooltewah rape case

The family of the Ooltewah High School freshman allegedly raped by three of his basketball teammates has retained one of the nation's top attorneys specializing in cases of school violence.

Smith: We are all Ooltewah Owls

Story Smith: We are all Ooltewah Owls

How did we get from the days of school administrators like my former principal teaching children like me that their actions have consequences to the tragic situation involving the Ooltewah High School basketball team?

Gatlinburg detective defends testimony, district attorney responds, claims detective perjured himself

Story Gatlinburg detective defends testimony, district attorney responds, claims detective perjured himself

An attorney for a Gatlinburg, Tenn., police detective calls allegations that the officer may have spoken untruthfully during a hearing in the Ooltewah basketball rape case "base" and "reckless."

Rick Smith's buyout plan riles Hamilton County school board members

Story Rick Smith's buyout plan riles Hamilton County school board members

Members of the Hamilton County Board of Education had mixed emotions Thursday night as they discussed a proposed buyout agreement with Superintendent Rick Smith.

Greeson: Rejecting rather than reporting student abuse our next job

Story Greeson: Rejecting rather than reporting student abuse our next job

A big chunk of the conversation and the testimony Monday in Hamilton County Juvenile Court about the Ooltewah assault case centered on training.

TBI investigating Gatlinburg police detective for perjury in Ooltewah rape case

Story TBI investigating Gatlinburg police detective for perjury in Ooltewah rape case

At the request of Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston, the TBI is investigating if a Gatlinburg police detective committed perjury during his testimony in a Hamilton County courtroom.

Remarks in Ooltewah rape case fuel community outrage, calls for change

Story Remarks in Ooltewah rape case fuel community outrage, calls for change

Testimony from a Gatlinburg, Tenn., detective on Monday, in which he said the assault of an Ooltewah High School freshman was not rape, has fueled outcry from the community and local officials.

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Sohn: Ooltewah's perverted culture of 'horseplay'

Story Sohn: Ooltewah's perverted culture of 'horseplay'

We have a few questions for every parent in Hamilton County — or anywhere, for that matter.

Cooper: Ooltewah must address its culture

Story Cooper: Ooltewah must address its culture

One thought stands above all others in the conjecture about who knew what, when they knew it and what they did about it in the case involving the alleged pool cue rape of an Ooltewah High School basketball player in a Gatlinburg cabin on Dec. 22.

Chattanooga's police chief blasts Gatlinburg detective for Ooltewah rape testimony

Story Chattanooga's police chief blasts Gatlinburg detective for Ooltewah rape testimony

Fletcher's post is in response to Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns' testimony yesterday in Hamilton County Juvenile Court, where he said what happened to the Ooltewah 15-year-old was assault, not rape.

Ooltewah case moves forward: Detective says attack by students wasn't rape

Story Ooltewah case moves forward: Detective says attack by students wasn't rape

An investigator testified in court Monday that the assault of an Ooltewah teen was not rape, saying it was "something stupid kids do."

Greeson: Mistakes after Ooltewah nightmare magnify previous hazing indifference

Story Greeson: Mistakes after Ooltewah nightmare magnify previous hazing indifference

There were tears and gasps.

Judge sends Ooltewah school officials' charges to grand jury

Story Judge sends Ooltewah school officials' charges to grand jury

After nearly four hours of testimony, Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw made a decision in the Ooltewah rape case.

LIVE: Judge renders decision in Ooltewah rape hearing

Story LIVE: Judge renders decision in Ooltewah rape hearing

According to court documents, no one from Ooltewah High School or the Hamilton County Department of Education reported the rape of a basketball player, allegedly by his teammates, to authorities as required by law.

Ooltewah's code of silence created a culture of negligence

Story Ooltewah's code of silence created a culture of negligence

After her son was attacked, Sims said she tried to convince the school district to put in place stronger anti-bullying programs.

School board eyes external audit of school culture in wake of Ooltewah rape case

Story School board eyes external audit of school culture in wake of Ooltewah rape case

In the wake of the alleged rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman, the Hamilton County school board discussed having an external review of individual schools' culture and ensuring board policies are being implemented across the district.

By the book: Oklahoma school district acted quickly, kept public informed in assault similar to Ooltewah rape

Story By the book: Oklahoma school district acted quickly, kept public informed in assault similar to Ooltewah rape

A few weeks after an Ooltewah High School freshman was allegedly raped by his basketball teammates during a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Dec. 22, a school district just south of Oklahoma City was struck by a hauntingly similar situation.

Basketball players charged in Ooltewah rape case scheduled to appear in court

Story Basketball players charged in Ooltewah rape case scheduled to appear in court

The three former Ooltewah High School basketball players charged with raping a 15-year-old basketball teammate are scheduled to appear in Sevier County Juvenile Court on March 15.

Wanted: Interim superintendent to bring stability, leadership to Hamilton County schools

Story Wanted: Interim superintendent to bring stability, leadership to Hamilton County schools

The Hamilton County school district's next leader needs to bring stability and provide the foundation for a permanent leader capable of transforming the school system into one of the best in the South.

Sohn: Change agent and schools savior wanted

Story Sohn: Change agent and schools savior wanted

Wanted: a change agent for all of Hamilton County's educational thinking.

Ooltewah students post video to YouTube exemplifying positive qualities

Story Ooltewah students post video to YouTube exemplifying positive qualities

The video comes a month after three students were charged with raping a teammate on a school-sponsored basketball trip to Gatlinburg.

School leaders will be called to testify in Ooltewah rape case

Story School leaders will be called to testify in Ooltewah rape case

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston plans to put top school officials on the stand next month to testify about what they knew following the alleged rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman on Dec. 22.

District Attorney plans to subpoena Rick Smith to testify in Ooltewah rape case

Story District Attorney plans to subpoena Rick Smith to testify in Ooltewah rape case

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston plans to subpoena Hamilton County schools Superintendent Rick Smith, Assistant Superintendent Lee McDade and Ooltewah High School Principal Jim Jarvis to testify in the Ooltewah rape case.

Cooper: School board faces its own high-stakes test

Story Cooper: School board faces its own high-stakes test

When Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith resigned Thursday, he surely felt both a personal sense of relief — stemming from pressure building from criticism of his handling of alleged rape of an Ooltewah High School basketball player on a school trip in December — and perhaps a sense of relief for the district from the public outcry over the situation.

Sohn: The silver lining in Ooltewah's school heartbreak

Story Sohn: The silver lining in Ooltewah's school heartbreak

It's hard to know exactly what is more outrageous: That the coaches, the principal and perhaps even the Hamilton County schools superintendent were not all just fired outright over the past month since an Ooltewah High School basketball team hazing turned into a life-threatening aggravated rape, or that now the superintendent may walk away from his job with up to $600,000 in his pocket.

Rick Smith steps down in wake of Ooltewah High rape case

Story Rick Smith steps down in wake of Ooltewah High rape case

The Hamilton County Board of Education voted Thursday night to buy out Superintendent Rick Smith's contract.

Wiedmer: Smith won't be the last adult out of a job from Ooltewah mess

Story Wiedmer: Smith won't be the last adult out of a job from Ooltewah mess

Now that the Hamilton County Board of Education has decided to pursue a buyout of Superintendent Rick Smith's contract in the wake of the Ooltewah High School rape case, a question begs asking:

School board votes to buy out Superintendent Rick Smith's contract

Story School board votes to buy out Superintendent Rick Smith's contract

Hamilton County schools Superintendent Rick Smith plans to ask the school board tonight to buy out the remainder of his contract, a source close to the discussions has confirmed.

Ooltewah High School officials' attempt to get charges dismissed fails, judge denies motion

Story Ooltewah High School officials' attempt to get charges dismissed fails, judge denies motion

Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw denied motions to dismiss the charges against Ooltewah High School's head coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery, assistant coach Karl Williams, and Athletic Director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley this morning.

Pressure mounting on school leaders in Ooltewah rape case

Story Pressure mounting on school leaders in Ooltewah rape case

Pressure is mounting for the Hamilton County school board to discuss the future of Superintendent Rick Smith following the alleged rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman.

Ooltewah athletic staff begin to fight charges against them

Story Ooltewah athletic staff begin to fight charges against them

Attorneys representing both Ooltewah High School's Athletic Director and the assistant basketball coach say their clients should not be charged with failing to report abuse during the basketball team's trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., just before Christmas.

County commissioners voice concern about Rick Smith's leadership

Story County commissioners voice concern about Rick Smith's leadership

Hamilton County commissioners voiced concern this morning regarding the school district's leadership.

School board, attorneys meet privately about Ooltewah rape case

Story School board, attorneys meet privately about Ooltewah rape case

The Hamilton County school board met privately Tuesday night with Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston to discuss the ongoing criminal investigation into the alleged rape and assault of an Ooltewah High School freshman by three basketball teammates on Dec. 22.

School board meets behind closed doors, citing expected lawsuits over Ooltewah rape

Story School board meets behind closed doors, citing expected lawsuits over Ooltewah rape

Citing pending litigation, the Hamilton County Board of Education met in executive session on Tuesday, excluding the public from its deliberations.

Greeson: Superintendent Smith, and the rest of us, must do better by our students

Story Greeson: Superintendent Smith, and the rest of us, must do better by our students

None of us want to be judged by our worst moment. Not a person, not an organization, not a school system.

Cook: Crimes of silence in Ooltewah

Story Cook: Crimes of silence in Ooltewah

For a moment, let's imagine the pool cue didn't rupture the teen's colon, didn't tear into his bladder. Let's imagine it did less damage. That means the 15-year-old freshman basketball player would have never been taken that December night to the Sevierville hospital.

More details revealed about Ooltewah rape case; two juvenile suspects approved for bond

Story More details revealed about Ooltewah rape case; two juvenile suspects approved for bond

The screams of an Ooltewah High School freshman echoed through the rented cabin in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Dec. 22, alerting his basketball coaches something was wrong, according to a source involved in the investigation.

Greeson: Those at fault at Ooltewah should face scary times

Story Greeson: Those at fault at Ooltewah should face scary times

The headline stated, "Life about to get scary for adults in Ooltewah case."

Bond approved for two juveniles charged in Ooltewah teammate rape case

Story Bond approved for two juveniles charged in Ooltewah teammate rape case

Sevier County Juvenile Court records show that a bond of $5,000 has been approved for the two 16-year-old former Ooltewah High School basketball players charged with raping a freshman teammate on Dec. 22.

A plea for change: Parents complain of bullying in schools; three adults face charges in rape case

Story A plea for change: Parents complain of bullying in schools; three adults face charges in rape case

Two Ooltewah High School coaches and the school's athletic director face charges because prosecutors say they knew four freshman basketball players were assaulted on a team trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., and didn't report it.

Wiedmer: Life just turned scary for adults in Ooltewah case

Story Wiedmer: Life just turned scary for adults in Ooltewah case

That thunderous thud you may have heard Thursday afternoon was the other shoe finally dropping in the Ooltewah High School sexual assault case concerning what three of the school's older basketball players allegedly did to four of their freshman teammates.

Cooper: Hazing policy examination better late than never

Story Cooper: Hazing policy examination better late than never

It's not like there wasn't a serious hazing precedent — before last month's pool-cue rape of an Ooltewah High School basketball player — involving a Hamilton County Schools sports team.

Sohn: Let Ooltewah's darkest day be new dawn for schools

Story Sohn: Let Ooltewah's darkest day be new dawn for schools

Hamilton County Schools have never been in the news as much as they are right now in the aftermath of a Dec. 22 hazing-turned-rape incident.

Parents claim harassment in Hamilton County schools has been happening for years

Story Parents claim harassment in Hamilton County schools has been happening for years

The Hamilton County school board listened to concerns from the public about bullying and harassment within the school district during tonight's public hearing.

Ooltewah coaches charged for failing to report sexual assault of four players

Story Ooltewah coaches charged for failing to report sexual assault of four players

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston has filed charges against three adults in connection with the alleged rape of an Ooltewah basketball player by three juvenile teammates.

School board member schedules panel discussion on Ooltewah assault

Story School board member schedules panel discussion on Ooltewah assault

School board member Steve Highlander announced today that he is collaborating with people across the city to hold a panel discussion Tuesday night on topics related to the assault of an Ooltewah High School freshman.

Hamilton schools out of compliance with state law for hazing, bullying policy

Story Hamilton schools out of compliance with state law for hazing, bullying policy

The Hamilton County Board of Education's policy on student harassment, hazing and bullying does not meet the requirements of state law and isn't on par with similar policies in other large school districts across the state.

Greeson: Hamilton school board needs to rebuild trust after Ooltewah

Story Greeson: Hamilton school board needs to rebuild trust after Ooltewah

How to handle an incident as horrific as the Ooltewah nightmare is not in a rule book.

Ooltewah High School's basketball coach reassigned to textbook depository

Story Ooltewah High School's basketball coach reassigned to textbook depository

Hamilton County schools Superintendent Rick Smith transferred Ooltewah High School's basketball coach to the district's Textbook Depository pending the results of the criminal investigation into the rape and assault of a playerduring a team trip days before Christmas.

County officials break silence, answer questions in Ooltewah High rape case

Story County officials break silence, answer questions in Ooltewah High rape case

Twenty days after Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith learned a member of Ooltewah High School's basketball team was reportedly raped and assaulted by his teammates, Smith transferred the coach out of the school.

Wiedmer: Could Ooltewah situation become another Penn State?

Story Wiedmer: Could Ooltewah situation become another Penn State?

The words first appeared on the bottom of ESPN's viewing screen on Nov. 4, 2011. Running every minute or so along the sports network's news ticker, they told of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky being indicted by a grand jury on child molestation charges.

Sohn: Finally, school officials choose to lead

Story Sohn: Finally, school officials choose to lead

Board of Education Chairman Jonathan Welch made a tough but smart call Sunday when he released a statement apologizing for Wednesday's no-answers meeting that left parents, teachers and students throughout the county aghast at officials' apparent lack of empathy and accountability following the tragic news of an Ooltewah basketball player's aggravated rape with a pool cue by other players. The victim has undergone surgery for the rupture of his colon and bladder.

Ooltewah basketball coach reassigned based on new facts

Story Ooltewah basketball coach reassigned based on new facts

Ooltewah basketball coach Andre Montgomery has been reassigned to another area of the district, according to Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith.

News conference on Ooltewah rape case

Story News conference on Ooltewah rape case

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith has scheduled a news conference this afternoon where he is expected to address the Ooltewah High School teammate rape and assault case.

Sheriff Hammond doesn't rule out charges for adults involved in Ooltewah rape case

Story Sheriff Hammond doesn't rule out charges for adults involved in Ooltewah rape case

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond told a group gathered at the local Pachyderm meeting today that charges are not pending against any adults here in Hamilton County in connection with the alleged assault and rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman by his teammates.

Opposing coach says Ooltewah players threatened his team hours before alleged assault

Story Opposing coach says Ooltewah players threatened his team hours before alleged assault

As new reports surfaced about misbehavior by Ooltewah High School's basketball team before the Dec. 22 assault on a teammate, the Hamilton County school board chairman publicly apologized Sunday for failing to provide information at a board meeting last week.

Robin Smith: What Hamilton County Schools got wrong about Ooltewah

Story Robin Smith: What Hamilton County Schools got wrong about Ooltewah

People are pretty good at discerning hypocrisy and inconsistency, especially in elected officials, which cultivates their distrust and cynicism. The bungled handling of the Ooltewah High School basketball rape investigation — and the vehement public reaction to it — has provided a textbook lesson on what not to do.

Petition demands Superintendent Rick Smith and Ooltewah Coach Tank Montgomery resign

Story Petition demands Superintendent Rick Smith and Ooltewah Coach Tank Montgomery resign

A new petition demands Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith and Ooltewah basketball coach Tank Montgomery resign amidst the handling of a team rape case.

School board chair apologizes for handling of Ooltewah rape case

Story School board chair apologizes for handling of Ooltewah rape case

Jonathan Welch, chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Education, released a statementSunday taking responsibility and apologizing for not answering more of the community's questions during last week's board meeting.

Cook: Dominance, power and sports culture in Ooltewah

Story Cook: Dominance, power and sports culture in Ooltewah

Stop calling it hazing.

New charges sought against former Ooltewah basketball players

Story New charges sought against former Ooltewah basketball players

The mother of an Ooltewah High School basketball player has asked that additional charges be filed against the three teens accused of raping and assaulting a 15-year-old teammate.

Court releases more details in Ooltewah rape case

Story Court releases more details in Ooltewah rape case

SEVIER COUNTY -- Juvenile court records show one 17-year-old and two 16-year-old boys are charged with aggravated rape in Sevier County, Tenn. in an event taking place on Dec. 22.

Aunt of Ooltewah victim starts petition, wants perpetrators charged as adults

Story Aunt of Ooltewah victim starts petition, wants perpetrators charged as adults

The aunt of the 15-year-old Ooltewah High School student allegedly raped and assaulted by his teammates started an online petition Friday asking that the three juveniles in this case be charged as adults.

Hamilton County school board held meeting about Ooltewah rape case that violated Tennessee's Sunshine Law

Story Hamilton County school board held meeting about Ooltewah rape case that violated Tennessee's Sunshine Law

The majority of the public missed Hamilton County Superintendent Rick Smith's first extensive public remarks about the assault of an Ooltewah High School freshman.

Sohn: School and county leaders must lead, not hide

Story Sohn: School and county leaders must lead, not hide

It has taken two weeks for officials of Ooltewah High School and the Hamilton County Board of Education to take action after the Dec. 22 reported rape of a basketball player with a pool cue. And it has been two weeks too long.

Cooper: Public needed reassurance it didn't get surrounding Ooltewah incident

Story Cooper: Public needed reassurance it didn't get surrounding Ooltewah incident

Scores of people came to the meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Education on Wednesday night because they wanted reassurance.

Judge has not issued an official 'gag order' in Ooltewah rape case

Story Judge has not issued an official 'gag order' in Ooltewah rape case

A court official in Sevier County, Tenn., said there has not been an official gag order filed preventing Hamilton County school employees or school board members from discussing the alleged assault of an Ooltewah High School freshman by three of his basketball teammates.

Ooltewah boys' basketball season cancellation affects other area schools

Story Ooltewah boys' basketball season cancellation affects other area schools

The decision to cancel the remainder of the Ooltewah High School boys' basketball season affects not only that school's current players, but nine other area teams as well.

Ooltewah High School basketball season canceled; school officials under gag order

Story Ooltewah High School basketball season canceled; school officials under gag order

On the same day Ooltewah's basketball season was abruptly ended because three players are accused of raping a teammate, Hamilton County's school board chairman said there are still no answers and ended a public meeting Wednesday night in less than four minutes.

Greeson: School leaders, it's time to lead after Ooltewah mess

Story Greeson: School leaders, it's time to lead after Ooltewah mess

The Hamilton County Board of Education met Wednesday night trying to find answers in an unfathomable scenario.

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

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

The Ooltewah school board has no answers at this time to questions surrounding the alleged rape and assault of a freshman student on the basketball team.

Ooltewah basketball season canceled, effective immediately

Story Ooltewah basketball season canceled, effective immediately

Multiple sources have confirmed that the remainder of Ooltewah High School's boys basketball season has been canceled, effective immediately.

Ooltewah students, community gather to pray for victim in assault, rape case

Story Ooltewah students, community gather to pray for victim in assault, rape case

More than 200 people gathered Tuesday night to pray for the Ooltewah High School freshman who was assaulted during his basketball team's trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., just days before Christmas.

After Ooltewah incident, Mayor Andy Berke announces plan to stop bullying

Story After Ooltewah incident, Mayor Andy Berke announces plan to stop bullying

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke issued a Mayoral Directive Tuesday morning directing leadership to proactively address any potential for hazing within the city's facilities.

Officials are staying quiet about Ooltewah basketball player rape case

Story Officials are staying quiet about Ooltewah basketball player rape case

Pressure is mounting for Hamilton County school officials to publicly show action is underway to handle the assault of a 15-year-old student.

Greeson: Outrage at Ooltewah now calls for action

Story Greeson: Outrage at Ooltewah now calls for action

The outrage may never subside. Nor should it.

Nerbun: Sports culture needs more character focus

Story Nerbun: Sports culture needs more character focus

In the wake of the reported aggravated rape incident involving Ooltewah High School's basketball team, one cannot help but recall William Golding's classic novel "Lord of the Flies."

District attorney to investigate more Ooltewah High assault allegations

Story District attorney to investigate more Ooltewah High assault allegations

The Hamilton County District Attorney's Office along with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office will investigate allegations that some upper class members and/or former members of the Ooltewah High School boys' basketball team assaulted freshman teammates prior to a recent rape near Gatlinburg, according to a news release.

Ooltewah High School's basketball game canceled

Story Ooltewah High School's basketball game canceled

Ooltewah High School's basketball game against Hixson High School originally scheduled to be played tonight at 7:30 p.m. is canceled.

Ooltewah grads urge school to have external investigation of 15-year-old student's rape, assault

Story Ooltewah grads urge school to have external investigation of 15-year-old student's rape, assault

Graduates of Ooltewah High School signed a letter urging the school and district administrators to have an outside auditor or detective review the alleged basketball rape case.

Attorney says Ooltewah coach being wrongly vilified in basketball player rape case

Story Attorney says Ooltewah coach being wrongly vilified in basketball player rape case

A Chattanooga attorney representing Ooltewah High School basketball coach Andre Montgomery said the actions of three team members should not diminish Montgomery's reputation or his contributions to the school.

Experts say soul-searching needed in wake of Ooltewah athlete rape case

Story Experts say soul-searching needed in wake of Ooltewah athlete rape case

The arrests of three former Ooltewah High School basketball players charged with raping and assaulting a younger teammate with a wooden pool cue has sparked widespread conversation about the role of hazing and masculinity in sports.

Sohn: Ooltewah High School basketball coaches should resign immediately

Story Sohn: Ooltewah High School basketball coaches should resign immediately

For Ooltewah High School basketball coaches: Resign. Immediately. For Superintendent Rick Smith: If these coaches don't resign, fire them.

Ooltewah rape victim may have warned basketball coaches of abuse

Story Ooltewah rape victim may have warned basketball coaches of abuse

The mothers of two teenagers on the Ooltewah High School basketball team's trip to Gatlinburg say what happened to their sons' teammate Dec. 22 escalated from hazing into horrific, malicious violence.

Greeson: Ooltewah attack leaves pain, questions and prayers for the victim

Story Greeson: Ooltewah attack leaves pain, questions and prayers for the victim

My heart aches for the 15-year-old Ooltewah High School student who was reportedly assaulted by his teammates while away at a basketball tournament in Gatlinburg, Tenn., earlier this month.

Cooper: Nip hazing before it begins

Story Cooper: Nip hazing before it begins

According to Tennessee law, every secondary school student in the state must be informed during the first month of a new school year about the state law against hazing, its ramifications as a criminal offense and the penalties that may be imposed by local school districts.

Basketball players charged with rape of teammate won't be coming back to school

Story Basketball players charged with rape of teammate won't be coming back to school

Hamilton County schools Superintendent Rick Smith said the three former Ooltewah High School basketball players charged with aggravated rape and assault will not be back in school come January.

Ooltewah students charged with rape, assault after teammate injured with pool cue

Story Ooltewah students charged with rape, assault after teammate injured with pool cue

Three former Ooltewah High School basketball players are charged with aggravated rape and assault after a teammate was assaulted days before Christmas.

 Ooltewah High School basketball player undergoes surgery after being allegedly hazed by three teammates in Gatlinburg cabin

Story Ooltewah High School basketball player undergoes surgery after being allegedly hazed by three teammates in Gatlinburg cabin

An incident involving three Ooltewah High School basketball players who reportedly hazed a younger teammate is being investigated by the Gatlinburg Police Department.