Melissa Click charged with assault; student from video speaks out

2 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Monday, January 25 2016 Jan 25, 2016 Monday, January 25, 2016 7:17:00 PM CST January 25, 2016 in News
By: Max Diekneite, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - An MU student who said he was assaulted by a professor spoke to KOMU 8 News hours after she was charged. Columbia Assistant City Counselor Stephen Richey filed a 3rd degree assault charge Monday morning against MU Assistant Professor Melissa Click.

During protests on MU's campus in November, video surfaced of Click shouting at Mark Schierbecker, a student journalist covering the protest, calling for "muscle" to help remove him from the protest site.

Schierbecker asked the city to file the charges and said he felt Click violated his rights.

“Not only are my civil rights being violated by professors who are state actors and salaried employees, but also these students don’t seem to get how the first amendment works,” Schierbecker said.

Schierbecker said it’s time for Click to resign from her position at MU.

“I don’t know why she didn’t resign on day one, but somehow we’re still here. We’re still processing this. There has to be a resolution to this issue… I don’t know what’s protecting her,” he said.

KOMU 8 News received documentation of the charges filed on January 25, 2016. Under the “comments for consideration as to filing of charges,” it states:
“On 11/09/2015 at approximately 1030 hours on the University of Missouri Mel Carnahan Quadrangle, Melissa Anne Click assaulted M.S. by grabbing his camera with her hand and attempting to knock it from his grasp. Click also assaulted M.S. by calling gout and asking for other people in the area at the time to forcefully remove him from the quad, after he refused to obey her orders to leave. This caused M.S. to fear he was in danger of immediate physical injury.”

Click, a communications professor, resigned from her courtesy appointment at MU’s school of Journalism on November 11, which had previously allowed her to serve on committees for journalism graduate students.

The day after the confrontation, Click released an apology to another journalist via Twitter.

The previously mentioned documentation of the charges against Click are posted below.

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