Student could face charges Thursday following alleged assault of 2 Normandale faculty members

December 13, 2018 05:51 AM

A 21-year-old could be charged as early as Thursday for allegedly assaulting two Normandale Community College staff members.

Bloomington police said Gavin Mitchell Hutson was arrested Wednesday in the school's parking ramp, with a gun in his possession.


Students at Normandale said the incident started when Hutson made a disrespectful comment to another student during a classroom discussion. The teacher told him he was being rude and to stay after class.

A student, who didn't want to be identified because of safety reasons, said, "What I know about Hutson it seemed out of the ordinary that he would do that. It was really weird because he seemed really nice. He was just the quiet guy who sat in the middle of class."

The student said after her sociology class ended, everyone left and the instructor, whom she identified as Nancy Claycomb, was left alone with Hutson. According to the student, the assault happened minutes later.

Police were called for reports of a student attacking an instructor.

Officers said Hutson also assaulted another faculty member who tried to help.

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Hutson was ultimately arrested in the parking ramp.

"It was kind of a short term form of mass panic," Desiree Hendricks, a Normandale student, said. "Everyone was speculating of what they think happened because there were not any formal details out yet."

Police said Hutson also hurt a third person as he ran out of a building on campus. That person was expected to be OK.

As of Thursday morning, Hutson had not been charged with a crime.

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