Mo. lawmakers call for termination of MU Asst. Professor Melissa Click

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — More than 100 Republican House members and 18 members of the Senate Majority Caucus have signed on to a letter to the MU Board of Curators calling for the immediate termination of Assistant Professor Melissa Click.

The assistant professor of communications at Mizzou gained attention in November after she was seen in a video calling for “muscle” to remove a journalist during the protests on the school’s campus organized by the group Concerned Student 1950.

In the letter dated Dec. 18, lawmakers wrote “As a professional representing our University, Click failed to meet the obligations she has to her supervisors, fellow professors, University students, and the taxpayers of Missouri. As an academic professional, her first goal should have been to promote a safe and stable learning environment for all students, and to represent the University to the public in a way that strengthens the image of our flagship state institution of higher education. Instead, Professor Click’s comments served to inflame an already caustic situation that was clearly out of line.”

Click has already faced consequences following her actions in November, when she publicly apologized and resigned her courtesy appointment with the School of Journalism.

Lawmakers called Click’s actions “a complete disregard for the First Amendment rights of reporters.”

The letter concluded by noting that “the university now has the opportunity to send a strong message that leadership can and will act quickly and decisively to root out bad behavior. We urge you to do so immediately.”