Update: More muscle against Assistant Professor Melissa Click
Slowly, to be sure, but at last some universities and some police departments in university towns are beginning to fight back against students who protest imaginary microaggressions with real illegal macroaggressions. A few months ago, University of Missouri communications assistant professor Melissa Click communicated her displeasure with student journalists who were videoing her leading a demonstration on campus. They captured on video her enraged face and uplifted arms as she called out, "I need some muscle over here" to remove the non-protesting students.
The Missouri state legislature discussed firing her.
The student videographer filed a complaint with university police.
And now the Columbia, Missouri city prosecutor has charged Click with misdemeanor assault.
Well, good. Precious, fragile students aren't the only ones entitled to a safe space free of microaggressions; indeed, it is time for them to learn that the world is full of unsafe spaces inhabited by some nasty macroaggressors and to learn how to deal with them. This university employee certainly didn't do that; Click didn't even do her job. I hope that the university student disrupters will finally learn something valuable from their excessive temper tantrum. Isn't that why they're in school?
Update from Thomas Lifson:
Readers might be interested in correspondence American Thinker received from the University of Missouri J-School, following publication of this blog post by the same author:
Subject: For Ethel C. Fenig
I am sending this on behalf of David Kurpius, dean of the Missouri School of Journalism.
Director of Planning and Communications
Ms. Ethel C. Fenig
Dear Ms. Fenig,
I wish to clarify an item in your Jan. 6, 2016, article, “Not needing muscle to fire communications instructor who communicates with muscle.”
Dr. Melissa Click is an assistant professor in the MU Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Science. Until Nov. 10 she held a courtesy appointment with the School of Journalism, which allowed her to work with a small number of graduate students on their master's or doctoral committees. She never taught a course in the journalism school.
The distinction about Dr. Click’s academic home is an important one to ensure that readers, including alumni and prospective students, are not misled. We are contacting the source to correct the error there.
We request that the correction, update or clarification be appended to your article in the digital archive so that the misrepresentation’s harm to the reputation of the nation’s first school of journalism can be minimized as soon as possible.
David D. Kurpius
Missouri School of Journalism
Dear Dean Kurpius,
The blog post in question clearly stated:
After the video, with a close-up of her angry face, went viral, she smugly martyred herself the next day, offering an insincere apology along with her resignation as a courtesy instructor in the university's esteemed School of Journalism department, where she did little. However she retained her lucrative position in the school's separate Department of Communications….
I do not see a basis for the concern you express.
Thomas Lifson, PhD
Editor in chief
AT never heard from them again.