JEFFERSON CITY • More than 100 Republicans in the Missouri House and Senate want a Mizzou communications professor ousted after she was caught on camera bullying a student journalist in November.
Melissa Click, an assistant communications professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, helped lead a multitude of activists forming a circle encompassing hundreds of yards to block reporters from an encampment on Mizzou’s Carnahan Quadrangle, following the November resignation of University of Missouri System President Timothy M. Wolfe.
A video that went viral showed Click calling out for “muscle” to help remove a student journalist from the area. The video sparked a national wave of criticism against Click and other activists.
A day later, Click resigned her courtesy appointment with the journalism school.
"The fact that, as a professor teaching in the communication department and the school of journalism, she displayed such a complete disregard for the First Amendment rights of reporters should be enough to question her competency and aptitude for her job," lawmakers said in a letter sent last month to the UM Board of Curators.
The letter also notes her research on "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "Twilight."
"While we recognize there may be some value in pop culture studies, her behavior has the public questioning her 'research' and her unacceptable actions during the protest," the letter stated.
Mizzou spokesman Christian Basi wouldn't comment, saying it was a personnel matter.