Attorney asks for lawsuit from Ooltewah victim against school board be dismissed

The exterior of Ooltewah High School photographed on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

The Hamilton County Board of Education has responded to the lawsuit filed against them in September by the main victim in the Ooltewah High School rape case.

In the 22-page response, the attorney representing the school board, Charles Purcell, asks that the case against the board be dismissed.

The school board members "acted as reasonable and prudent ... in furtherance of their discretionary duties," the response claims.

The lawsuit filed against the school board cites a long and violent history of hazing and sexual abuse of male student athletes. The 23-page lawsuit accuses school district and Ooltewah High School administrators and staff of knowing abuse was taking place and failing to protect students.

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