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Red River College instructor Jeff Chartrand, 65, was walking down the hall Tuesday afternoon when he was suddenly punched, knocked down and kicked repeatedly in the head.
Students rushing from a classroom on the Notre Dame campus tackled his assailant and saved him from serious injury, Chartrand, said Wednesday.
"I've been teaching for 42 years and this has never happened. I'm going to be off for a length of time," said Chartrand, program co-ordinator for the School for Indigenous Education, Access and Education Programs, where he's worked for the past 10 years.
'I've been teaching for 42 years and this has never happened'‐ Red River College instructor Jeff Chartrand (above)
"I'm very distressed about it."
Chartrand said he had called campus security on Monday to warn officials about a potential threat to his safety from a former student, who was holding him responsible for personal financial problems with the college.
But security officials asked him to "downplay" any security concerns and said they could not detain him simply for turning up at the campus.
"Security was informed there might be a situation. They were reluctant," Chartrand said. He had been instructed only to call if the man was spotted.
"He contacted me last year over issues that were nonsensical.
"This summer, he dropped by several times and he dropped by two weeks ago," said Chartrand.
"Unfortunately, I ran into him in the hallway. He was completely agitated, he punched me, he knocked me down, he kicked me."
Const. Jason Michalyshen said police arrested a 26-year-old man Wednesday morning and charged him with assault.
He confirmed police "were called to the campus regarding an assault involving an employee, and a student or former student," in which the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Chartrand said he was in hospital Tuesday night.
"One student came out of the classroom and tackled him, and saved me from further problems," he said.
Chartrand said his alleged assailant had previously been banned from campus, but was not subject to such a ban at the time of the attack.
Red River College acknowledged the incident Wednesday and issued a statement. "The safety and security of staff, students and visitors is of paramount importance," said Keith Walker, security services director.
"We are reviewing the incident and ensuring college practices and processes are examined. Any required improvements will be implemented. Our first area of concern is that our staff has the necessary support and care within the college. To that end, we are raising awareness of existing safety and security measures," Walker said in the statement.