Experts say soul-searching needed in wake of Ooltewah athlete rape case

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

We have a huge problem in our society of rape and violence. Ooltewah is hardly unique in this. It's a societal problem that keeps popping up all over the place.

The arrests of three former Ooltewah High School basketball players charged with raping and assaulting a younger teammate with a wooden pool cue has sparked widespread conversation about the role of hazing and masculinity in sports.

Although not much information about what happened has been publicly released because the boys charged with the assault are minors, one consensus has been reached: This must not happen again.

"My heart just breaks for the child," said Hamilton County school board member Steve Highlander, who represents the Ooltewah district.

Highlander said he is talking with school and district administrators about how to thoroughly handle this situation, adding Thursday that the situation "is not completely handled yet."