CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 15-year-old North Mecklenburg High School student has been charged with trying to murder a 14-year-old female classmate who apparently rejected the boy's overtures to be more than friends.
The attack happened Tuesday afternoon in the woods near an auxiliary parking lot near Hambright Road. Investigators said the boy lured the girl to the woods under the false pretense of wanting to show her something, and that's when he attacked and strangled her.
The boy asked the girl out about a month ago but she said no, according to investigators. The two had been friends for about a year.
"He told her he was going to kill her," said Deputy Chief Michael Kee, with the Huntersville Police Department. "He wanted to be more than friends with the 14-year-old girl."
Kee said it appears to some extent that the boy planned his attack and even wore gloves while strangling the girl.
The girl lost consciousness two or three times, Kee said. At one point, she played dead, hoping the boy would leave. She then promised the boy she wouldn't tell anyone.
The girl went home and hid the injuries from her parents by wearing a hat and makeup, police said.
She collapsed Wednesday morning at school before class started due to injuries sustained in the attack.
"The suspect happened upon the situation and she saw him and pointed him out as the one that had done that to her," Kee said.
That led to the boy's arrest. Investigators said the boy made some comments but aren't saying if he confessed.
"It's unbelievable," said student Darius Lockhart. "A lot of us just found out today."
Lockhart said he and his friends don't know who the students are and heard nothing about it in class or from administrators or teachers.
"No one saw anything, which is why most of us are shocked. We didn't see anything at all which is why this is completely unexpected," he said.
"Obviously she was clear-headed and quick-thinking young lady that had the wherewithal during this violent attack to stop to do something like that. I can't imagine what was going through her mind, but the fear of what was happening to her would be just overwhelming and like I said, extremely lucky to survive this," said Kee.
The boy is charged with attempted 1st degree murder and being held in juvenile detention.
The names of the students are not being released since both are juveniles.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools calls the incident extremely isolated.