Sounding more like a 1970’s version of teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa, then an assistant professor of communications, Melissa Click was caught on video harassing a young student journalist who was attempting to report on the ongoing protests taking place at the University of Missouri.

Student Journalist Tim Tai, who was actually on assignment and freelancing for ESPN to cover the racially charged protests on Monday, was suddenly confronted by the agitated Assistant Professor Melissa Click blocking him from filming the protesters.

Professor Click is heard yelling for protesting students to help her stop Tai from taking photos, as the protesters push Tai as he tries to explain how the First Amendment actually works in a free society.

And Professor Click responds with a mind bogging retort; “I know, that’s a really good one, I’m a communication faculty and I really get that argument, but you need to go,” she says.

Tai is seen and heard trying to talk his way through the recalcitrant crowd who shouted at him, chanted “hey, hey, ho, ho, journalists have got to go” and generally made it impossible for Tai to carry out his First Amendment-protected assignment from ESPN to photograph the tent city.

The confrontation seems to heat up further as another student reporter, Mark Schierbecker, tries talking to Click. She tells him to “get out,” hits his camera and yells: "Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here?

And here is where academia suddenly morphs into thuggish intimidation as Professor Click exclaims: I need some muscle over here.”

As Schierbecker walks away, Click tells protesters: “Don’t let him back in.” He keeps filming from a distance as Click runs around the encampment, but near the end of the clip, she applauds a student for blocking Schierbecker from filming.

That stonewalling behavior spurred an apology issued by Mizzou’s Department of Communication on Click’s behalf, blaming her actions on a historic day “full of emotion and confusion.”

Source: NY Daily News



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