After Ooltewah incident, Mayor Andy Berke announces plan to stop bullying

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke speaks to members of the Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial board, May 20, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke issued a Mayoral Directive Tuesday morning directing leadership to proactively address any potential for hazing within the city's facilities.

The directive issued to the Chattanooga Youth and Family Development Department is in response to the alleged rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman by older basketball teammates.

"Hazing is a serious threat to the safety and well-being of our young people," Berke said in the statement.

The statement says hazing will not be tolerated in any building or facility managed by the City of Chattanooga or program facilitated by the city.

"From the horrific incident currently in the news to conversations with multiple members of the Mayor's Youth Council, we understand this is a serious issue and we must reassure both victims and offenders that hazing is unacceptable in our community," Berke says in the statement.