Cooper: Ooltewah must address its culture

Ooltewah High School Principal Jim Jarvis testifies in a hearing for coaches and administrators charged with failing to report child abuse or suspected child abuse.

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.

If hazing of players was an annual occurrence, as individuals in and around the team have alleged, coaches and athletics administrators must have known, on some level, that it went on. And if they knew, why didn't they do everything in their power to make sure it never happened again?

The three adults charged in the case, Ooltewah head basketball Coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery, assistant Coach Karl Williams and Athletics Director Jesse Nayadley, are innocent until proven guilty.