Cooper: Ooltewah rape suit adds to board woes

The exterior of Ooltewah High School photographed on Sunday, January 31, 2016. (Staff file photo by Maura Friedman)

As if selecting a new superintendent and shepherding policies and strategies that will move students forward weren't enough, the Hamilton County Board of Education now must contend with a lawsuit from the alleged pool cue rape of a member of the Ooltewah High School basketball team in an incident in Gatlinburg, Tenn., last December.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court on Friday by the victim, identified as "John Doe," and his mother, "Jane Doe," calls for a jury trial, recovery set by a jury for damages as a result of the incident and punitive damages "in an amount sufficient to deter defendants from violating others' rights in the future and compel them to put a stop to this abuse once and for all."

The suit also names former Ooltewah High School Principal Jim Jarvis, then-Ooltewah head basketball coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery and then-Ooltewah athletics director Jesse Nayadley as defendants.

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