Officials quiet so far about Ooltewah basketball player rape

(Courtesy: WATE)

OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (AP) – Pressure is mounting for Hamilton County school officials to publicly show action is underway to handle the assault of a 15-year-old student.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports an Ooltewah High School freshman was hospitalized on Dec. 22. Three of his basketball teammates were arrested and later charged with aggravated rape and aggravated assault.

District officials haven’t spoken publicly about the investigation. Meanwhile, a group of more than 120 Ooltewah High School alumni are asking for an outside authority to investigate the incident.

Assistant Superintendent Lee McDade says an investigation into the assault is ongoing, and Ooltewah will handle the discipline in this case.

The school board is scheduled to meet Wednesday. They will first meet in a closed executive session, and then in a public meeting to act on and discuss the situation.

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