Former Ooltewah High School employees deny culture of hazing and abuse

In response to second lawsuit, they claim they aren't responsible for 2015 rape of freshman by three of his basketball teammates

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

Two independent investigations say a culture of hazing and abuse existed before the 2015 rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman by three of his basketball teammates, but three former school employees deny the findings, according to federal court documents filed late last week.

In response to a second federal lawsuit filed against them, former Ooltewah head boys' basketball coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery, former principal Jim Jarvis and former athletic director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley claim they should not be held responsible for the attack that happened during the basketball team's trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn.

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