Ooltewah rape case: School board agrees to negotiate settlement with victim

U.S. District Judge Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice

Hamilton County Board of Education attorneys have agreed to negotiate a potential settlement with one of the two Ooltewah High School 2015 rape victims. At the same time, as a rescheduled December trial date approaches, they intend to keep fighting the victims' claims that the school system showed deliberate indifference to the culture of hazing and bullying that led to their injuries.

About 30 minutes before a scheduled hearing Tuesday in Chattanooga's U.S. District Court, school board attorneys filed a motion asking Judge Harry "Sandy" Mattice to give them permission to appeal his 62-page ruling from earlier this month that essentially allowed the victims to bring two of their arguments to trial. Mattice said he planned to use Tuesday's hearing, among other things, to discuss possible settlement talks.