Tennessee high school cancels basketball season after hazing incident

Ooltewah High School (Tenn.) will cancel the remainder of its boys basketball season after three players were charged with aggravated rape and assault in a hazing incident involving a 15-year-old teammate, according to a report.

An official announcement on the decision will be made later on Wednesday. The alleged incident occurred Dec. 23 while the team was playing in a tournament in Gatlinburg, with four more boys telling police they too were assaulted.

A WCRB report stated:

All four say they were victims of assault, but the player who was hospitalized was apparently treated more harshly because he “spoke up,” according to sources. Family members of three of the younger players have either pressed criminal charges, or are planning to do so.

The primary victim’s family also says that two of the older students were physically involved in the attack, while the third took video of the incident with a cellphone.

Hopefully the boys assaulted don’t suffer anymore than they already have and the surrounding community supports the boys throughout the process.

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