A knife-wielding student slashed the throat of a dean at a community college in Kansas City, Mo., this morning, minutes before the governor of Missouri was scheduled to hold a news conference just a few feet away, The Kansas City Star reported. Both the suspect and the victim, Al Dimmitt Jr., dean of instruction at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, reportedly had been in the computer lab where the governor was to speak, along with other students and college officials. Witnesses said the student had been walking around holding a knife and behaving erratically before the incident. Mr. Dimmitt was leaving the room to summon security when the suspect ran after him and attacked him in a hallway. Mr. Dimmitt was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition after having surgery. Gov. Jay Nixon’s news conference was canceled.
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