Aunt of Ooltewah victim starts petition, wants perpetrators charged as adults

Ooltewah High School sign

The aunt of the 15-year-old Ooltewah High School student allegedly raped and assaulted by his teammates started an online petition Friday asking that the three juveniles in this case be charged as adults.

"What they did was premeditated and malicious," the aunt wrote on the petitions's website. "We are asking that justice be served and that the attackers be charged as adults."

The aunt will not be identified by the Times Free Press in order to protect the victim's identity.

In the petition's description, the aunt writes that her nephew was abused by three teammates on Dec. 22, while the team was at a basketball tournament in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

photo Ooltewah High School sign

She said her nephew was targeted, because he resisted the initial abuse, and after the coach was notified of the abuse was retaliated against in this assault.