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Mizzou Fires Melissa Click, Oppressor of Student Journalist

Can we move on now?


Melissa Click

The University of Missouri will fire Assistant Professor of Communications Melissa Click. Mizzou's board of curators voted 4-2 to rid itself of Click, who was famously caught on video interfering with a student-journalist's right to make a recording of a public protest. Click will be able to appeal Mizzou's decision, though it's not clear if she will. 

According to The Columbia Daily Tribune: 

Click's employment has become a political liability for the university. The House Budget Committee will consider a spending bill next week that cuts $402,000 from the Columbia campus budget — the amount of Click's salary as well as that of her department chair and the dean of the College of Arts and Science — and $7.6 million from the UM System's administrative budget. 

State Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, wrote to members of the Downtown Community Improvement District board that Click is a symbol that is hurting the university. 

"Everybody that I talked to said it would be a step in the right direction and would show some leadership," Basye said Thursday. "I firmly believe she should have been terminated after the first video." 

I have previously referred to Click as "the scowling face of campus repression," while remaining unconvinced that her conduct was severe enough to merit either her termination or arrest.