Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Yep, Mizzou's Melissa Click is Still Fired, Board Says

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 1:30 PM

University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click lost her appeal to win back her job, university leaders say. - IMAGE VIA YOUTUBE
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  • University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click lost her appeal to win back her job, university leaders say.

She's still fired: University of Missouri’s leadership has rejected Melissa Click’s appeal to win back her old job.

The assistant communications professor was terminated by the board last month after she was caught squaring off with cops and student journalists in a pair of protests. In a now-infamous video, she called for some “muscle” to eject a young videographer trying to interview people demonstrating against racism on Mizzou’s campus.

The Board of Curators treated Click “fairly throughout this matter,” from the original investigation to her appeal, board Chair Pamela Henrickson said in a statement. Curators decided on February 24 to fire her, and then reaffirmed that decision during a vote in executive session yesterday.

“We consider this matter now closed and are moving forward as a university and as a community,” Henrickson added.

Click first came under the spotlight on November 9 as protesters gathered on the public quad, setting up a ring to keep out media. Videographer Mark Schiebecker, a Mizzou student, managed to slip past and asked Click if he could talk to her.


"You need to get out!" she shouted. "You need to get out."

When he refused to go, she called for backup.

"Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here?" she yelled. "I need some muscle over here."
click to enlarge Fired Mizzou assistant professor Melissa Click vowed to continue the fight for her job. - IMAGE VIA MELISSA CLICK/STATUS LABS
  • Image via Melissa Click/Status Labs
  • Fired Mizzou assistant professor Melissa Click vowed to continue the fight for her job.

Video of the exchange went viral, prompting calls from state Republicans to fire Click and a counter show of support from faculty members.

In their decision to can the veteran teacher, curators cited the November 9 confrontation and an earlier Homecoming showdown when she allegedly interfered with police.

Click, who later apologized and tried to repair her image with help of a public relations firm, vowed to keep battling for her job.

"I am not surprised, but am certainly dissatisfied with the University of Missouri Board of Curators' denial of my appeal and termination of my employment," she said in a statement. "I will continue to fight the Board of Curators' decision."

The curators were setting a "dangerous precedent" aimed at silencing protesters, she said.

"Although the Curators' decision appears to be designed to discourage future activism, I hope the MU community will continue to advocate for fair treatment of all students, staff and faculty," Click said.

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