Judge has not issued an official 'gag order' in Ooltewah rape case

Hamilton County School Superintendent Rick Smith enters an overflowing school board meeting room Wednesday night before a short public meeting consisting only of a prepared statement read by Dr. Jonathan Welch, seated background left.

A court official in Sevier County, Tenn., said there has not been an official gag order filed preventing Hamilton County school employees or school board members from discussing the alleged assault of an Ooltewah High School freshman by three of his basketball teammates.

The court official said Thursday morning that the judge has not told her to release an order preventing people from discussing the case, and said if an order is released, it's her understanding it will only prevent defendants in the case from talking.

On Wednesday night, Scott Bennett, the attorney for the Hamilton County Board of Education, said he advised the board in a private executive session not to discuss the case.