County officials break silence, answer questions in Ooltewah High rape case

Basketball coach reassigned; accused teenagers could be tried as adults

Superintendent of Schools Rick Smith makes a statement to the media Monday following statements by Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, near left.

We knew immediately that this was a very serious matter. I know there are certain things that immediately are going to become law enforcement issues.

photo Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond speaks to those gathered at a meeting of the Pachyderm Club on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn. He gave an update about the situation at Ooltewah High School and about the need for a new county jail.

photo Superintendent of Schools Rick Smith makes a statement to the media Monday after weeks of silence since an Ooltewah High School freshman was reportedly attacked by his teammates at an out of town tournament.