Melissa Click, University of Missouri Professor, Charged With Assault

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Melissa Click, a former professor at University of Missouri, was recently slammed with assault charges after getting aggressive with a reporter during an on-campus protest.

Click has been charged with third degree assault after Mizzou student Mark Schierbecker filed a “municipal simple assault” complaint with university police after the incident occurred. He claimed that Click physically and verbally assaulted him.

The Mizzou communication professor was seen in several videos confronting journalists and blocking their access to protests with acts of physical and verbal intimidation. For anyone who forgot, here’s how it went down:

While her termination was called for earlier this month, faculty stood by her and released a letter of support, stating that Click was wrongfully represented in the media.

We believe that Click has been wronged in the media by those who have attacked her personally and have called for her dismissal. We affirm our support of her as a colleague, a teacher, and a scholar, and we call upon the University to defend her first amendment rights of protest and her freedom to act as a private citizen.

Columbia State Representative Caleb Jones told ABC17 News the charges are appropriate.  “While the University of Missouri seems to have no accountability the judicial system in Missouri does,” said Jones.

Ouch.

UPDATE

A lot has happened since Melissa Click originally made waves in the media, with the latest news of her firing for harming “the rights of others” causing a stir.

Per The College Fix:

The statement from Henrickson cited Click’s behavior at the Homecoming parade, when she cursed at a police officer who was moving protesters out of the street, and on Nov. 9 at Concerned Student 1950’s protest site on the Carnahan Quadrangle. Her actions at the protest site, Henrickson said, “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.”

[That apparently refers to Click’s call for “muscle” against student Mark Schierbecker, who has since become a contributor to The College Fix.]

The investigators hired by the curators reviewed videos, documents and conducted more than 20 interviews, Henrickson said.

Click has since called herself an academic martyr who can’t get fair treatment.

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