Mizzou professor apologizes for confronting reporters, resigns courtesy J-School appointment

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — An assistant professor of communications at the University of Missouri is apologizing for confronting a student who was videotaping during protests on university’s campus.

Melissa Click says in the statement released Tuesday that she regrets her actions a day earlier. She is seen in the video challenging student Mark Schierbecker and calling for “muscle” to help remove him from the protest area.

Schierbecker was filming a confrontation between a student photographer and protesters, who were preventing him from taking pictures. The confrontation drew national attention and criticism.

Click says she has apologized to Schierbecker and he accepted her apology. She also apologized to all journalists and the university community for detracting from the students’ efforts to improve the racial climate on the Columbia campus.

The dean of the Missouri School of Journalism said that Click has also given up her courtesy title with the school.