Judge: State, county and school district must respond to ex-Ooltewah employees' lawsuit

Ooltewah High School Principal Jim Jarvis testifies in a hearing for coaches and administrators charged with failing to report child abuse or suspected child abuse.

A federal judge has ordered officials from the state, county and school district to respond to the lawsuit filed against them Monday by three former Ooltewah High School employees in connection with the school's 2015 pool-cue rape case.

Former Ooltewah High School Principal Jim Jarvis, the school's former athletic director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley and former head basketball coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery - along with each of their wives - filed a 33-page federal lawsuit against the Hamilton County Department of Education, Tennessee Department of Children's Services, Hamilton County, the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office, Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston and former Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith.

The lawsuit alleges negligence, age and race discrimination, wrongful termination, defamation, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the rape case.