Ooltewah High School basketball season canceled; school officials under gag order

Hamilton County School Superintendent Rick Smith, center, speaks to Dr. Greg Martin following a public meeting consisting only of a prepared statement read by Dr. Jonathan Welch Wednesday night to an overflow crowd in the school board meeting room. Welch adjourned the session with no other comments or discussion by anyone.

We will definitely use this as a reminder and an example of how important it is for all coaches to take whatever steps necessary to make sure hazing of any kind is not tolerated

photo A Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy, left, escorts School Board Superintendent Rick Smith out of the building past a group of Ooltewah students Wednesday night. Students, clockwise from left include Bria Miller, Lexie Godsey, parent Tammy Matthews, Bradley Miller, Hanna Matthews and Cade Starling.

On the same day Ooltewah's basketball season was abruptly ended because three players are accused of raping a teammate, Hamilton County's school board chairman said there are still no answers and ended a public meeting Wednesday night in less than four minutes.