Sohn: The silver lining in Ooltewah's school heartbreak

School Superintendent Rick Smith talks to reporters after asking for a buyout of his contract at the Hamilon County School Board.
It's hard to know exactly what is more outrageous: That the coaches, the principal and perhaps even the Hamilton County schools superintendent were not all just fired outright over the past month since an Ooltewah High School basketball team hazing turned into a life-threatening aggravated rape, or that now the superintendent - at his request - may walk away from his job with up to $600,000 in his pocket.

That superintendent, Rick Smith, told the Board of Education Thursday night that he will step down, and he asked the board to buy out his contract which was just extended about six months ago until July 2019.