University Of Missouri Fires Prof Who Blocked Journalist From Protest

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February 25, 2016 3:38 p.m.

Officials at the University of Missouri on Wednesday fired Melissa Click, the professor who infamously blocked a student journalist from a protest on campus late last year, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

In November, Click was caught on camera telling a videographer for the student paper to leave an area where demonstrators had gathered to protest the way the university addressed race issues on campus. Click could be heard calling for “some muscle” to help her remove the journalist.

Officials voted 4-2 to fire the assistant professor, according to the Daily Tribune.

“The board respects Dr. Click’s right to express her views and does not base this decision on her support for students engaged in protest or their views,” Chairwoman Pam Henrickson said in a prepared statement. “However, Dr. Click was not entitled to interfere with the rights of others, to confront members of law enforcement or to encourage potential physical intimidation against a student.”

Click did not immediately return the publication’s request for comment on Thursday.

She had previously been put on paid leave. In January. Click also was charged with assault after a student videographer filed a complaint with police.

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