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Sob! Mizzou board fires Melissa “Muscle” Click–after Mizzou faculty gives her a free ride

February 26, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Click: Would you want her teaching at your university?

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.”

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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.’

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“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.”
Posted by Charlotte Allen
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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    No, it turns out not to be a really good idea for a professor to shout, “I need some muscle here!”

    IMO that remains to be seen. The university gulag and the sisterhood have proven many times they’ll go to great lengths to protect and reward their own. If she surfaces somewhere with a book deal, speaking engagements, a tenured professorship, a contract with the Justice Department, and an offer to run for office as a Democrat… I won’t be surprised in the slightest.

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