Lawsuit filed in Ooltewah High School rape case names school board and school employees as defendants

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

Eight months after the pool-cue rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman, the victim's attorneys sued the Hamilton County Board of Education and former Ooltewah High School employees.

The 23-page federal lawsuit filed today states that district administrators and school employees knew a culture of abuse had been taking place for years, "and their failure to remediate this rampant abuse resulted in escalation of male student athlete's harassment, hazing and assaults of teammates."

The lawsuit claims that the Hamilton County Board of Education, former Ooltewah High School Principal Jim Jarvis, the school's former Athletic Director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley and former boy's head basketball coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery, were "reckless, grossly negligent and deliberately indifferent to the health, safety and welfare of the [victim]."