Cook: Dominance, power and sports culture in Ooltewah

Ooltewah High School is photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, near Chattanooga, Tenn.
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Stop calling it hazing.

A pool cue? A ruptured colon? Teammate-on-teammate violence to the point of hospitalization?

That's not hazing.

That's rape.

Nineteen days ago, a teenage boy was raped and assaulted during an Ooltewah High basketball trip, and Chattanooga is roiling, with some calling for the resignation of coaches, administrators, even Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith.

(Fire Smith? Now? Where has the outrage been over the ongoing breakdown - low test scores, failing infrastructure, little vision, a demoralized faculty - of Hamilton County's schools? Why not call for Smith's resignation then?)

(And please remember: women and girls are routinely raped in this town, yet to a fraction of such public outrage.