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

Oklahoma school system faced sexual assault crisis

Former Hamilton County School Superintendent Rick Smith, third from right, waits with school board members for their meeting to start on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Seated from left are Rhonda Thurman, Karitsa Mosley, David Testerman, George Ricks, Sr., Smith, Dr. Jonathan Welch and Donna Horn.

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.

In Oklahoma, officials with Norman Public Schools learned of the alleged rape of two students by their wrestling teammates and took swift action, handling the crisis much differently than Hamilton County schools did.

According to police reports, junior varsity wrestlers from Norman North High School raped two teammates on a school bus while returning from a tournament about an hour away in Pauls County on Jan 9.

Three boys ages 18, 17 and 16, are charged with three counts of rape by instrumentation, and another 17-year-old is charged with one count, according to court records obtained by The Associated Press.

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