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

Superintendent says incident will be treated as "long-term suspension matter"

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

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.

"I expect we'll treat this as a very serious long-term suspension matter," Smith said Wednesday.

The three boys are charged with assaulting a freshman teammate on Dec. 22, forcing a pool cue into his rectum, puncturing his colon and bladder.

The assault happened during the team's stay at a rental cabin in Gatlinburg, Tenn., while playing in the Smoky Mountain Classic basketball tournament.

The players were removed from the team following the alleged assault, and have been held at the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Facility.

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