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Mizzou Fires world’s most famous red-headed Prof

Mizzou Fires world’s most famous red-headed Prof

Maybe “using muscle” against student journalists wasn’t the best idea after all

WAJ video screenshot, okay to use

The University of Missouri canned the professor captured on video confronting student journalists during a protest last year, the Washington Post reported.

According to the Columbia Daily Tribune:

Assistant Professor Melissa Click, captured on video calling for “some muscle” to remove reporters from a campus protest site, was fired Wednesday by the University of Missouri Board of Curators, Chairwoman Pam Henrickson said in a prepared statement.

The board voted 4-2 in favor of termination during a closed session in Kansas City, with Henrickson and curator John Phillips opposing the move, UM System spokesman John Fougere wrote in an email Thursday. Curators David Steelman, Donald Cupps, Maurice Graham and Phil Snowden voted in favor of firing Click.

Click did not respond to a message seeking comment Thursday. The board earlier voted to suspend Click with pay on Jan. 27.

“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,” Henrickson said in the 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.”

The statement from Henrickson cited Click’s behavior at the Homecoming parade, when she cursed at a police officer who was moving protesters out of the street, and on Nov. 9 at Concerned Student 1950’s protest site on the Carnahan Quadrangle. Her actions at the protest site, Henrickson said, “when she interfered with members of the media and students who were exercising their rights in a public space and called for intimidation against one of our students, we believe demands serious action.”

In January, Melissa Click was charged with class C assault.

Days later she was suspended. As Professor Jacobson wrote in February, “Click claimed this was an aberration and that she’s not really the wacko she appears to be on the video.” And then video of a nasty police confrontation surfaced.

As the Columbia Daily Tribune reported, Click had become an expensive political liability. “The House Budget Committee will consider a spending bill next week that cuts $402,000 from the Columbia campus budget — the amount of Click’s salary as well as that of her department chair and the dean of the College of Arts and Science — and $7.6 million from the UM System’s administrative budget,” they reported.

Click responded calling the firing unfair:

Fired Assistant Professor Melissa Click, in her statement to explain her actions during campus protests, challenged the fairness and accuracy of the investigative report used by the University of Missouri Board of Curators to fire her.

In a five-page statement released along with the investigative report and a statement from Board of Curators Chair Pam Henrickson, Click said she should not be judged based on video recordings of her actions at a Homecoming parade protest and at the Concerned Student 1950 protest site on Carnahan Quadrangle.

“While some would judge me by a short portion of videotape, I do not think that this is a fair way to evaluate these events,” Click wrote. “Those videotaped moments (for which I have formally and publicly apologized) deserve to be understood in a wider frame of reference, among all of the momentous events of the fall semester.”

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Given sufficient context, everything becomes nothing.

Good luck getting out a ticket with that. Or a firing.

JackRussellTerrierist | February 25, 2016 at 6:29 pm

I so love the smell of red hair on fire in the mornings.

Get on your broom and ride, witch. It’s so nice to see a lefty academician get a little dish of what they’ve been serving for decades.

She got what she deserved professionally if not criminally. Of course she will appeal and may very well get her job back, but we will just have to see.

When are all the thuggish students being expelled?

Melissa Click is alive but sick.

Good news.

On this topic and worth a watch: replay of Ben Shapiro’s speech this afternoon at Cal State U. in LA — BLM crowd blocked door and prevented students from entering auditorium. They had to sneak in through side and back doors. Pics at URL.

conservative tarheel | February 25, 2016 at 8:13 pm

HEH … love it … wonder if the other left types are paying attention.

I’m sure she can find a top flight job with the hotel cleaning or food service industries with her fine OTJ behavior record. I wouldn’t hire her but I’m sure there’s a Mickey ‘D’s out there needing a cashier.

Ms. Click will land a job at a lefty-progressive NGO of some kind. It’ll be nice and quiet, well away from the press. She might take a minor pay cut but she’ll do something for the NGO. She’ll stay for a while and then find another quiet position. It’s unlikely Ms. Click will end up back in academia; that would be too public.

By having a lefty-NGO offer her a job, the left-progressive community will be signaling that it takes care of its own. That’s a key message for them — be a good SJW and they’ll find a way to take care of you. The Democratic pols do the same thing; you see this in Chicago all the time.

So don’t grieve for Ms. Click — she’s going to land on her feet. And then re-lace her jackboots.

Money talks, but Bull$#!+ walks.

And with the, well publicized, news of Mizzou losing donations and new students (along with those hefty student loan $$), well, she walked, or rather got dropkicked.

Will she try to sue to get her job back? Who knows. Another case of a Ward Churchill wannabe.

They “resign” fired the President much faster and all he did was refuse to give in to unreasonable demands.