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Judge dismisses lawsuit filed after school rape scandal

March 26, 2019

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit brought by three former school employees in Tennessee after a rape scandal involving students.

The three former Ooltewah High School employees sued District Attorney General Neal Pinkston, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, the Hamilton County Department of Education and former superintendent Rick Smith in 2017.

The Times Free Press reports U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher Steger dismissed the case Tuesday, ruling the former employees didn’t provide proof that Pinkston acted “in concert” with others to penalize them.

Former principal Jim Jarvis, former athletic director Allard “Jesse” Nayadley and former basketball coach Andre “Tank” Montgomery said they followed district guidelines and state law when handling the December 2015 incident.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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