Back in November when the proverbial dung hit the rotors at The University of Missouri, Dr. Melissa Click called for “muscle” in removing reporters from a student protest site.
After being busted on video with her bullying tactics, Click apologized for her behavior and faded into the woodwork. That is, until another video resurfaced in which she appeared in a confrontation with law enforcement during the school’s Homecoming Parade on October 10, 2015, in which protesters tried to block a vehicle carrying then-Mizzou President Tom Wolfe. The homecoming protest by Concerned Student 1950, the black activist group at Mizzou, shows Communication Prof. Melissa Click telling police to “get your f–king hand off me” as she stands between them and protesters blocking traffic:
Click resigned from her courtesy appointment with the Missouri School of Journalism back in November. She was suspended with pay on January 27 and subsequently fired this past Wednesday by the University of Missouri Board of Curators.
The board believes that Dr. Click’s conduct was not compatible with university policies and did not meet expectations for a university faculty member. The circumstances surrounding Dr. Click’s behavior, both at a protest in October when she tried to interfere with police officers who were carrying out their duties, and at a rally in November, when she interfered with members of the media and students who were exercising their rights in a public space and called for intimidation against one of our students, we believe demands serious action.
The board respects Dr. Click’s right to express her views and does not base this decision on her support for students engaged in protest or their views. However, Dr. Click was not entitled to interfere with the rights of others, to confront members of law enforcement or to encourage potential physical intimidation against a student. –Pam Hendrickson, Chair of the Mizzou Board of Curators
A great loss to Mizzou? You tell me. Take a look at some of the “journalism” curriculum facilitated by Dr. Click: