Judge dismisses lawsuit from former OHS principal, coach & athletic director

(Images: Photograph in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. / WTVC)

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by three former Ooltewah High School (OHS) employees claiming "pain and suffering" in connection to the fallout from the December, 2015 hazing incident that left some young basketball players injured, and sunk the school into scandal.

Attorneys for former OHS basketball coach Andre Montgomery, former OHS Principal Jim Jarvis, and former Athletic Director Jesse Nayadley filed a lawsuit in federal civil court on these grounds:

  • Negligence
  • False arrest
  • False imprisonment Malicious prosecution
  • Abuse of process
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Gender, race and age discrimination
  • Defamation of character
  • Fraud and deceit
  • Loss of consortium
  • Negligent infliction of emotional distress
  • Intentional infliction of emotional distress
  • Selective prosecution

Coach Montgomery was charged with failing to contact state officials after a young student was raped with a pool cue by three older students back in December, 2015 at a cabin in Sevier County. The team was there playing a holiday tournament. The three players were convicted several months later, but charges against Montgomery were dismissed in December, 2016.

Athletic Director Nayadley was also charged with failing to report abuse. He took a plea deal in August, 2016.

Former principal Jarvis was never charged. But he later stepped down as OHS's principal.

Back in June of 2017, all three men filed suit against the Hamilton County Department of Education, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, Hamilton County government, the office of Hamilton Co. District Attorney Neal Pinkston, D.A. Neal Pinkston personally, and former Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith.

Tuesday's order from United States Magistrate Judge Christopher H. Steger grants the motion to dismiss filed by attorneys for all of the above parties.

Read the full dismissal below:

Chattanooga attorney Curtis Bowe represented all three men. We contacted his office after this news broke, and were told Bowe has no comment on the case.

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