THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. APRIL 2, 2013. An instructor at California’s Fresno City College was placed on paid leave on Monday after he got into a fight with a female student last month, The Fresno Bee reported.
The altercation reportedly began when the instructor, Brian Calhoun, arrived at a classroom to teach his education course. Mr. Calhoun got upset because another instructor’s class in the room was running late, and he insisted that he “wanted the classroom,” according to a police report cited by the newspaper. Mr. Calhoun is a former member of the Fresno City Council who has worked at the college since 1988, the Bee reported.
A female student, Kevynn Gomez, said Mr. Calhoun yelled at the students and told them to leave. She admitted to cursing at the instructor, according to the police report. The report said she then punched Mr. Calhoun in the face after he grabbed her and used his forearm to pin her neck against a wall. After being punched, the instructor threw the student to the ground, the report said.
The instructor’s lawyer insisted that Ms. Gomez had started the fight, and said the incident wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t lashed out. But Ms. Gomez’s lawyer told the newspaper that the instructor’s actions were “flagrant and violent.” The police report said a half-dozen students and a substitute instructor supported Ms. Gomez’s account of the altercation.
Mr. Calhoun was cited for misdemeanor battery and ordered to appear in court in June, according to the newspaper.