Greeson: Rejecting rather than reporting student abuse our next job

Jay Greeson

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

Who should have reported what and when was at the heart of the legal issues before Judge Rob Philyaw.

He decided to send the Class A misdemeanor charges against Owls coaches Andre Montgomery and Karl Williams and athletic director Jesse Nayadley to the grand jury, meaning he felt the burden of proof was met that they did not inform the Department of Children's Services of the sexual assault on four basketball freshmen during a December tournament outside Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Their lawyers seemed effective in dividing the issue into legal maneuvers around technicalities, and the vague nature of training and follow-through from the Hamilton County school system certainly was exposed.