Sob! Mizzou board fires Melissa “Muscle” Click–after Mizzou faculty gives her a free ride
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
No, it turns out not to be a really good idea for a professor to shout, “I need some muscle here!” in order to get rid of a student trying to take photos of a demonstration in a public place on campus.
Or to try to block the police when they’re trying to clear a roadway of demonstrators trying to disrupt a campus homecoming parade.
“A University of Missouri professor whose shout of ‘I need some muscle over here,’ to remove a student journalist from a demonstration sparked an international debate over the limits of protest and a free press, has been fired, the university announced Thursday.
“Melissa Click, an assistant professor of communications, was captured on video on Nov. 9 trying, with dozens of others allied with the protesters, to prevent photographers from approaching the protesters’ encampment on the flagship campus in Columbia. When a young man making a video recording identified himself as a journalist, she told him to leave, grabbed at his camera and called out, ‘Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here.’
“Later, it emerged that she had been involved in a confrontation with the police in October, along with students who were trying to block a homecoming parade.
“The university’s governing body, the Board of Curators, began an investigation, and suspended her last month. The board voted Wednesday night to dismiss her — a decision it said she could appeal.”
What’s fascinating about the Click affair is that although her behavior looked appalling and unprofessional to outsiders, not a single one of her fellow faculty members at Mizzou was willing to take her to task.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports:
“Faculty leaders at the university were upset by the board’s decision to take Ms. Click’s fate into its own hands. In a letter last month, the Faculty Council on the flagship campus asked the board to back off and let the university judge Ms. Click’s actions according to a procedure, spelled out in its bylaws, that was designed to ‘protect the rights of accused faculty while also protecting the university’s interest in identifying and responding to faculty irresponsibility.’
***“But no one on the campus filed a complaint against the professor, Ms. Henrickson said, a step that would have triggered the university’s own procedures. ‘No one took the opportunity to avail themselves of that process,’ she said, so the board began its own.”