Republican lawmakers call for removal of Melissa Click
JEFFERSON CITY - Republican lawmakers in Missouri sent a letter to the MU Board of Curators and MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley Monday, calling for the removal of MU professor Melissa Click.
Melissa Click is the MU faculty member who received backlash after video surfaced of her confronting a student during protests on MU's campus.
The letter was signed by more than 100 representatives and 18 senators.
"As a professional representing our University, Click failed to meet the obligations she has to her supervisors, fellow professors, University students, and the taxpayers of Missouri," the letter read. "Professor Click’s comments served to inflame an already caustic situation that was clearly out of line."
The letter also criticized her use of "taxpayer dollars to research '50 Shades of Grey,' 'Lady Gaga' and 'Twilight.'"
Lawmakers also addressed Janna Basler's, Assistant Director of Greek Life and Leadership, actions.
"I expect more out of the faculty and staff at the University of Missouri-Columbia," said Sen. Scott Schaefer. "The actions of both Basler and click were unacceptable and inflammatory in nature, the university needs educators who display civilty and patience even during emotional moments."
The Missouri Democratic Party did not comment. The MU Board of Curators also declined to comment.
Click here to find the news release and letter.