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Mother shares son's story after group assault at West Virginia Wesleyan College

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Daulton Tyler went to Ruby Memorial Hospital after he was stabbed in the arm. Daulton Tyler went to Ruby Memorial Hospital after he was stabbed in the arm.

It's the phone call no parent ever wants to get.

Katrina Tyler said her son, Daulton Tyler, called her shortly after he was stabbed in the arm early Sunday morning.

"I received a phone call that every mom dreads getting at about 4 a.m.," she said.

Daulton told her he was stabbed during a group assault at the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity house at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV.

Katrina said what happened to her son could happen to anyone's child.

She said her son was protecting his friends after masked men stormed their fraternity house and assaulted several of them.

Daulton was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown where he underwent surgery. Several other students were injured in the attack, including one who had a broken jaw.

Police said the attackers are from Alderson Broaddus University.

Tyler said her son had no idea any of the people involved were armed with a weapon until it was too late.

"In the process of tackling him, he heard someone scream out, 'the other one has a knife'. He tried to cover himself, but he was still stabbed," she said.

Daulton is scheduled to have his splint removed later this week. He will probably have to go to physical therapy at some point, she said.

In a statement to 13 News, WVWC said:

"West Virginia Wesleyan College continues to work closely with law enforcement officials as they continue their on-going investigation into the March 23 incident that began in the front yard of the Kappa Alpha Order house, which is located adjacent to the campus. From all initial indicators, Wesleyan students acted responsibly and did not provoke the altercation. Their involvement was one of self-defense. The event occurred after a social event concluded at the KA House. We can confirm that several car loads of students from Alderson Broaddus University parked behind McCuskey Hall, where they proceeded to the Kappa Alpha house with a desired objective. Wesleyan students immediately contacted Campus Security and local law enforcement officials. When a Wesleyan student was injured, other Wesleyan students went to his defense and the altercation moved from the front lawn of Kappa Alpha Order to the side lawn of McCuskey Hall. The Wesleyan students who were injured have been released from area hospitals. This is an isolated incident at Wesleyan and campus security and personal safety are always major institutional priorities. The College has a strong campus safety record. We have communicated with all members of the Wesleyan campus community regarding this altercation and have reminded everyone to be vigilant in regards to personal safety. At the same time, we have asked local law enforcement officials and the West Virginia State Police to increase their patrols around the area where the incident occurred."

Investigators have not released a motive in the assault and have not made any arrests. The incident is still under investigation.

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