Five Tennessee high school students charged in student's hazing, aggravated rape


Five Grundy County students were charged Thursday after disturbing video shows a student's aggravated rape during a hazing incident.

In a Thursday news conference, Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum said five Grundy County High School students have been charged with attempted aggravated rape after a hazing incident.

The students met around 5 a.m. Wednesday to work out on the morning on the incident.

Following the workout session, Shrum said the victim was thrown to the ground and held down by several students as another assaulted the freshman football player with a dust mop's metal handle.

Sheriff Shrum said one of the students took video of the incident on their phone. In the video, you can clearly hear the victim shouting 'Stop! Stop!'

The phone is being sent to the TBI.

The victim's parents took him to the hospital and would not elaborate on how seriously the 15-year-old had been hurt.

Shrum said while they initially responded to the call as a hazing incident, they classified it as an attempted aggravated rape case. The students have been charged accordingly.

The five students charged are between 14 and 17 years old; four of them are juniors, and one is a senior. They have been put on house arrest with GPS ankle monitors on and are set to appear in court on Monday.

Head football Coach Casey Tate was suspended indefinitely pending new information from the investigation. Tate told police none of the players had the coaches' permission to be at the field house at that hour.

Sheriff Shrum said that he does not think the attack was planned.

Grundy County School Board member Chris Groom said the board would likely call a meeting next week to discuss the rest of the school's football season.

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