JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – More than 100 Missouri House Republicans joined 18 members of the Senate Majority Caucus in submitting letters to the University of Missouri’s Board of Curators demanding the firing of Melissa Click, an assistant professor seen in a campus protest video that went viral last fall.
In the video, a student photojournalist hired to document campus protests by “Concerned Student 1950,” is confronted not only by protesters but by faculty as well. Click demands the photojournalist leave the area and then calls for some “muscle” to help remove him from the university quad.
The ongoing protests were in response to students’ complaints about university leadership’s inaction regarding racist activities on campus.
Shortly after the video went public, Click resigned her courtesy appointment as a member of the university’s School of Journalism and issued a public apology.
Lawmakers cite Click’s “complete disregard for the First Amendment rights of reporters”—particularly as a mass media educator—as reason enough to fire her.