Sohn: School and county leaders must lead, not hide

A large crowd waits for answers at the school board meeting room Wednesday.
photo Staff photo by Tim Barber The Hamilton County School Board Chairman Jonathan Welch, center, reads a prepared statement to an overflow crowd Wednesday night as School Superintendent Rick Smith, left, listens.

It has taken two weeks for officials of Ooltewah High School and the Hamilton County Board of Education to take action after the Dec. 22 reported rape of a basketball player with a pool cue. And it has been two weeks too long.

The 15-year-old victim reportedly has told investigators that three other boys were abused and that "beatings " were something done "on a regular basis" in the locker room as a hazing "ritual for freshmen."