More than 100 Missouri Republican House members and 18 members of the Senate Majority Caucus signed a letter sent to the MU Board of Curators calling for the firing of Assistant Professor Melissa Click.
Click was seen on video intimidating student journalists and attempting to keep members of the media away from protesters on the Mizzou campus back in November.
One student journalist alleged Click assaulted him when he was filming the interaction between her and reporters. A police report was filed for that alleged assault.
The letter focuses on Click’s actions and her apparent “disregard for the First Amendment rights of reporters, and her “assault on a student videographer by grabbing his camera and calling on those around her to bring ‘some muscle’ to help remove the reporters.”
It reads, “As a professor in the School of Journalism, Click’s role should have been to remind students that we must respect the First Amendment rights of all individuals, and that the student reporters there were doing nothing more than their jobs.”
A copy of the letter can be read in its entirety here.