MDC Professor Brutally Attacked on Campus, Possibly by Student Angry Over Grades

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Miami Dade College music professor Marc Magellan was heading into a Kendall campus parking garage last week when someone yelled out, "Professor Marc!"

Next thing Magellan knew, he'd been punched in the face, knocked to the concrete, and brutally beaten until his nose shattered and his hand broke. The music teacher is still baffled by the beatdown and tells the Miami Herald that a student disgruntled over his grades might be the only logical explanation.

"I'm a very peaceful and loving person," Magellan tells the daily. "In my business, yes, the only people who hold grudges are the ones who I've had to drop or fail. It comes with the territory, I guess."

His mother, who also teaches at MDC, echoed that view, telling the Herald that as difficult as it is to imagine a student beating a teacher so badly over a grade, "we don't know what else we're facing here."

Magellan, who was assaulted just after 6 p.m. last Tuesday, told police he didn't recognize his assailant. After the beating, the man sped off in a blue sports car and didn't try to steal anything from the professor.

MDC spokesman Juan Mendieta tells Riptide that the school is waiting for police to finish their investigation before they can determine how to best respond.

"It's very alarming and disturbing," Mendieta says. "No one recalls an incident like this where someone is just mercilessly attacked and robbery is not the motive. We've had to reassure the campus community that our campuses are safe places. No one recalls that type of incident, including his mother, who has been a professor for three decades."

The school has added more foot patrols to the area around the garage, Mendieta says, and warned people to be vigilant.

"In the future, with more funding, we could install security cameras in the area," he says.

Magellan, meanwhile, is still recovering from his injuries at home. "I spoke to him a couple days ago, and he's in pretty good spirits," Mendieta says. "He hopes to return soon."

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WonderlandVixen
WonderlandVixen

I go to the school where this professor works at. I can honestly say that he is a good man and the fact that someone did this to him makes one feel horrible. From what I heard it could have been someone that was part of the music class or also one of his humanities classes. Which one I cannot be sure. But the fact that there are no security cameras in there goes to show that the funding for the schools here in Florida is not where it should due to the fact that we are considered a degenerate state.  Sadly, this kind of attack has just given anyone from a different state the proof that they were looking for to say that this place is horrible. I only wish for the best for Professor Magellan and that his recovery is swift.


As for the person who would do such a thing to him, I can only hope that Karma comes right back around and destroy his life in the most horrific way possible. 

grandulon82
grandulon82

probably some aspiring gangster rapper that failed music class because he doesn't want to listen to anything but trap/d-boy rap, so just go look for the mediocre rapper that hates all other music genres

Barbara Behrens
Barbara Behrens

The student that beat him should be kicked out of school and go to jail... He really screwed his academic score and will have a record now! What's wrong with are students today?

verdisvioletta
verdisvioletta

The comment that this is a "false flag" is ridiculous. Really? Do you REALLY think he did this to HIMSELF? Look at the photo! That is not just one slip and fall injury; that is a BRUTAL beating that left bruises ALL OVER his head. The assailant called him "Professor Marc" so whomever did this knew what his students called him. When they finally solve this, I believe it will be the brother, cousin, etc of a student who did this, although it is completely disproportionate action for just a bad grade. Some people are just animals though. It could even be due to something as innocuous as something he said to a student regarding a criticism on a project or his personal politics. 

Betty Sandoval
Betty Sandoval

I had this professor for humanities , very nice teacher and very smart. At the end of the day students get the grade they worked for.

Steven Gamatan
Steven Gamatan

This is why I want to leave Miami. A lot of degenerates running around here.

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

MDC generates millions! Claiming no funds for security cameras??? You owe it to your students and faculty to keep them safe especially offering very late evening classes!

MuseTD
MuseTD

As a professor there, this is very disturbing.  My sympathies go out to him, and I hope they catch the assailant.  There is no need for violence over irresponsible learning.  If you don't want to fail, do the work.  Period.

Franco Rodriguez
Franco Rodriguez

Well Mr. Morrison please come on in and I will be honored to show you all the things I have learned and I am sure I could learn a lot more from you and like that we could teach everybody that EDUCATION is like the SUN is for everybody.

Franco Rodriguez
Franco Rodriguez

hey, maybe I wanna teach all the fighters and the drug dealers in Miami that theres a better life in the corporate world, maybe I wanna teach the kids in the 3RD world countries that education is free and everybody should learn how to read and how to write because we are all equal. Or maybe I'm just a big dreamer and I won't live to see this dream but I have planted my seed and I have faith in the future of education. But then again who the hell do I think I am to even share my opinions and my dreams with everybody if I'm only high school drop out with a dream. :D

Franco Rodriguez
Franco Rodriguez

I believe that violence is never the right thing to do, I believe in solutions to make this world a better place and that solution is called believe it or not "EDUCATION" and it starts at home.

Franco Rodriguez
Franco Rodriguez

Lee since I saw you bragging about your master degrees I thought so for a second but everybody is entitled to their opinion and they should feel proud of their accomplishments, but is not about what you have is about what you do with it when you have it. You have my sincere appreciation as well sir.

Lee Michael Morrison
Lee Michael Morrison

Franco, good for you and I am happy you and your father have found success! That is the American dream and why I have chosen the path of business ownership as well. I never suggested that higher education is the only path to success nor do I look up to people simply because they have earned a degree (or down on people because they have not). Advanced degrees are one way to add personal value but are not the only means to do so. I agree that you and your father have added tremendous value to yourselves and our community, and you have my sincere appreciation.

Michelle Zaldivar
Michelle Zaldivar

This is a heartless crime that could have happened anywhere to anyone. I hope the perpetrator is caught and brought to justice.

Franco Rodriguez
Franco Rodriguez

@Lee Michael > I do not have a degree, I dropped out in the 9th grade. My father does not have a degree either but he is a real estate developer and he generates jobs for 1000'S of people. I dropped out of school because education is BORING!!!! and now I own a multimedia company and I have SAE and Full Sail graduates working for me. I also created my first patent at the age of 14 and I have many pending patents and I have developed business since I could remember. I still think education is BORING!!!

Maggie Medina
Maggie Medina

It's BC!!! At least we're not on the news!!!

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

^This fucking guy. No, dude, what he meant was that he doesn't have to go there if he is not happy.

Lee Michael Morrison
Lee Michael Morrison

Smooth, or whatever your real name is, I choose to teach adjunct because I have a full time business. I teach at MDC for the enjoyment of helping students to learn. Look at the collegiate national rankings. MDC is consistently at the top. By the way, "Isn't as superior as" is not proper grammar. May I suggest that you go to the MDC Writing Lab so they may help you with your grammatical errors? I do indeed hold a Master's Degree in two specializations and was graduated Summa Cum Laude from the master's program I enrolled at. Do you have a degree? Do you even have a clue?

Smooth VicDj
Smooth VicDj

So I guess broward college isn't as superior as MDC? Mr. Morrison, why just an adjunct? Couldn't get your Post Graduate degree? Oh, MDC doesn't hand those out.

Carlos Andres
Carlos Andres

People just talk sh** and they not even know the Professor. Marc was my professor for Music Theory. Yes, he is very hard to pass, yes he gives a lot homework, a lot; but the guy knows his stuff, and he wants you to learn skills that you'll need in more advance Music Theory classes. I am a living testimony; this guy is fucking awesome, I never had a great professor who loves his profession. He is not the crappy professor that just go to class a talk shit like. #forzamagellen

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

" a False Flag" attack for attention. remember when Rene Betancourt said "four to five unknown black males" mugged him in a parking lot actually Rene Betancourt, 22, broke his skull and was hospitalized for two weeks while detectives searched for his assailants. In the end they found a parking lot surveillance video—of Betancourt knocking himself out cold by skateboarding into a concrete wall.

Shaneka S Dennis
Shaneka S Dennis

MDC has some incompetent professors, sorry. If you're going to try to teach young adults in America, then speak English and not a broken dialect. They need to screen their professors better than they do.

Lee Michael Morrison
Lee Michael Morrison

Professors don't screw up people's GPA's. Students are responsible for their actions within the guidelines of the syllabus. Miami New Times, it is irresponsible for you to imply that Marc Magellan actively screwed up someone's perfect GPA. Even though you probably meant it as a catchy introduction to posting this article, the public expects better of you.

WonderlandVixen
WonderlandVixen

Actually the funding that Florida gets for anything in regards to education is not well due to the fact that Florida has been flagged as a degenerate state. In which case this causes more issues with keeping a balanced budget since so many of the people here are struggling to live. So unless you live here and understand how it is then I suggest you don't sound like an ass. 

Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

Talk about bragging...


Your bragging led me to check out Dance Music Pimps.


237 likes since 2009? Come on! Seriously?

I also checked out some youtube videos. 

30 views? 41 views? 

Seriously?


Don't you think your bragging should stick to your accomplishments as Collision Repair Technician? 

I mean...nothing wrong with that, but it's not as glamorous as your "I own a multimedia company and have SAE and Full Sail graduates working for me" statement.

Just saying.


MuseTD
MuseTD

Adjunct professor here too.  MDC is an amazing school and I am very proud to be a part of one of the top colleges in the nation!  Obama came to speak at teh school a few years back because we were in the top 1% of schools in the nation! 

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