CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Parents said a violent assault caught on camera may be connected to a West Mecklenburg High School student’s slaying.
Channel 9 is asking Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials if that's true and asking why homicide detectives were on campus.
Parents contacted Channel 9 about the video Friday morning. It shows a student being thrown onto the ground and beaten.
Police said the victim was a 15-year-old student who suffered serious injuries. CMPD arrested 17-year-old Daniel Hugh Dockery II on Friday. He is charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury.
(Daniel Hugh Dockery II)
The video was posted to Twitter. Some West Meck students told Channel 9 reporter Tina Terry they actually witnessed the aftermath of the fight.
CMS said the principal has notified parents about a violent fight Friday, saying it is now under investigation.
Channel 9 blurred the video to protect student identities.
In it, the viewer can see one student approach another from behind and body slam him onto the ground.
Afterwards, the perpetrator punches the victim over and over. The victim appears to be unconscious.
Concerned parents told Channel 9 the fight happened on West Meck’s campus just as school started Friday.
Some believe it may have had something to do with the shooting death of 18-year-old Tyshaud Brown.
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His body was found Wednesday behind Allenbrook Elementary School, but CMS officials wouldn't confirm that or comment on the video.
(Click PLAY to watch Instagram video believed to be Brown's last moments)
Police sources confirmed to Channel 9 that homicide detectives investigating Brown's death were at West Meck for a couple of hours Thursday speaking with students.
They said Brown may have had an altercation with other students there, but there is no word at this point on any possible arrests.
Brown's family urged people not to take matters into their own hands. They are urging anyone with information that can help police to come forward.
"If you're out here and you know something, put yourself in our situation, put yourself in our shoes,” Brown's uncle Derell Moore said.
Parents told Terry the boy rushed to the hospital after that fight is in the intensive care, but Channel 9 was unable to find out anything more about his condition.
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