Ooltewah official apologizes for response to rape allegations

(Courtesy: WATE)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A county school board chairman in Tennessee has apologized for officials’ response after three high school basketball players were charged with raping a teammate in an apparent hazing incident.

Parents and community members have complained that Hamilton County school officials haven’t shared enough information about what happened and how the allegations are being handled.

Media reported that school board chairman Jonathan Welch issued a statement Sunday apologizing for the handling of an emergency meeting last week at which the board took no questions and released no answers.

Welch said that going forward the board would provide more information.

After the three Ooltewah High School players were charged in incident, school officials decided to cancel the rest of the season.

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