A plea for change: Parents complain of bullying in schools; three adults face charges in rape case

Assistant Superintendent Lee McDade, left, listens as Tonya McBryar speaks during a meeting at the Hamilton County Department of Education Thursday, January 14, 2016.

Two Ooltewah High School coaches and the school's athletic director face charges because prosecutors say they knew four freshman basketball players were assaulted on a team trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., and didn't report it.

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston filed the charges Thursday against the three for failing to report child abuse or suspected child sexual abuse in connection with the alleged rape that took place Dec. 22 in a rented cabin.

Local investigators are still working to determine the scope of criminal activity in the case, and are looking into allegations of an "ingrained culture of violence among the football and basketball teams at [Ooltewah High School] reaching back several years," said Melydia Clewell, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.

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