Lawsuit: Tennessee school officials knew of athlete abuse
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -
A lawsuit by a Tennessee high school basketball player who was raped and assaulted by teammates claims officials knew athletes were being abused but did nothing.
The victim, identified only as John Doe, was a freshman at Ooltewah High School in December when he was held down by two older players while a third forced a pool cue into his rectum, tearing his bladder. Last week, one of the boys was convicted of aggravated rape and all three were convicted of aggravated assault.
A lawsuit filed Friday in federal court claims coach Andre Montgomery told players after the assault, "what goes on in the family stays in the family." The suit also claims beatings were common at the school.
Attorneys for Montgomery and the school did not immediately return calls.
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