Mizzou professor waives arraignment for assault charge

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COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) - Some Republicans in the state Senate continue to criticize the University of Missouri for not firing an assistant professor who confronted journalists during campus protests last November.

Melissa Click was charged with misdemeanor assault Monday in connection with her run-in with a student videographer and a student photographer. The confrontation on the Columbia campus happened during protests over what demonstrators saw as indifference to racial issues at the school.

Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt, of Glendale, and others on the Senate floor Monday questioned why Click hasn't been fired. He says lawmakers could look closely at the school's budget, which includes state funding, in the wake of what has occurred there.

Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, of University City, says the discussion about Click is a distraction. She says some alumni and others are embarrassed by what Chappelle-Nadal described as racism at the university.

A University of Missouri student who had a confrontation with an assistant professor last November during camps protests says he's disappointed the educator won't be fired anytime soon.

The interim chancellor of the Columbia campus, Hank Foley, says he's willing to let the justice system run its course involving Click, who is seeking tenure. Foley is rebuffing calls for Click to be fired.

Schierbecker, a senior, says he doesn't trust the university to mete out ``the due process she deserves.''