West Meck High student hospitalized after on-campus assault

A student at West Mecklenburg High on Tuckaseegee Road was hospitalized with serious injuries after an assailant knocked him unconscious while walking on campus Friday morning, police said.

The 15-year-old was taken to Carolinas Medical Center after the assault at 7:28 a.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police identified 17-year-old Daniel Hugh Dockery II as the suspect and signed warrants charging him with assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

CMPD Freedom Division officers found and arrested Dockery on Friday night. Police were still interviewing him at 9 p.m. and said he will be taken to the Mecklenburg County jail.

In a message to West Mecklenburg High parents, Principal Casey Jones said the student was hurt during a fight with another student, Observer news partner WBTV reported. “Any student involved will be disciplined in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct,” Jones said.

“I want to remind our students and families that West Meck is a learning environment, and this type of behavior will not be tolerated,” Jones said, according to the station.

Police encourage anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak