School leaders will be called to testify in Ooltewah rape case

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston

Reporting child abuse

State law about reporting child abuse:Any person with reasonable cause to believe a child is being abused or neglected must, under the law, immediately report to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services or to local law enforcement. The reporter can remain anonymous.Failure to report abuse is a violation of the law and a Class A misdemeanor, carrying a sentence of up to three months imprisonment, a fine or both. Those who report and “act in good faith” are immune from any civil or criminal charges which may result. The reporter has the right to remain confidential and anonymous.To report abuse call 1-877-237-0004 or visit in non-emergency situations.Source: Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

photo Superintendent Rick Smith speaks at a Hamilton County Board of Education meeting in 2015.