Ooltewah rape victim may have warned basketball coaches of abuse

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

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.

Three juveniles are charged with aggravated rape and aggravated assault after an attack that sent a 15-year-old teammate to a Knoxville hospital. The freshman who was assaulted remains in a hospital recovering from surgery to repair his colon and bladder after they were ruptured with a wooden pool cue, sources told the Times Free Press.

"Horseplay is one thing, to ram an object in someone's rectum is to cause harm," said one of the mothers. "It's not regular behavior."

To help

The family of the victim has created a gofundme.com account allowing people to make donations to the family.