Fired Prof. Melissa Click claimed she feared student journalist had a gun

Poor Melissa Click, the now unemployed former assistant professor of communications at the University of Missouri.  Not being black – in fact, being about as white as you can get, what with her red hair – she couldn’t claim racism when investigators spoke to her about her behavior in asking for “muscle” to get rid of a student-journalist.  Race may be one the number-one favorite bogeymen of progressives, but we all know what the number-two is.  That’s right: guns.

So, as Asche Schow of the Washington Examiner explains:

Melissa Click, the (now former) assistant professor of communication at the University of Missouri, told investigators that she threatened to sic some "muscle" on a student journalist because she thought he had a gun. (snip)

Click told investigators that the student journalist, Mark Schierbecker, appeared threatening when he approached her inside the perimeter of protesters. Click, who had a courtesy appointment at the Missouri School of Journalism at the time (she resigned after she was filmed), also claimed she did not believe Schierbecker when he said he was a member of the media. Click did not believe him because he had a small camera that appeared unprofessional to her.

This makes no sense at all.  If Click thought he had a gun, she would not expose her “muscle” to that danger.  No matter how muscular the other protesters, a gun could injure or kill them just as surely as it could have done so to Click.  If she really believed there was a gun present, she was recklessly endangering others.

As Schow notes, the claim that a small camera was suspicious to her is ludicrous, given that she enjoyed a courtesy appointment at the journalism school.  The days when “media” required a camera crew are over, and smartphones and small cameras are wielded by citizen-journalists all the time.

As the Chronicle of Higher Education notes, Click backed away from her claim subsequently:

Ms. Click told investigators who were hired by the system to look into the incident more about her encounter with Mr. Schierbecker:

One problem: Missouri does not allow concealed weapons on its college campuses. When confronted with the full report, Ms. Click backed away from her comments:

It’s unclear exactly which piece of legislation Ms. Click was referring to. Roughly a month after the incident, a Missouri senator introduced a bill to allow con cealed guns on campuses. In September 2014 the state enacted legislation allowing specially trained employees with concealed-carry permits to carry firearms.

What matters from this point on is the potential for litigation.  Click may well sue the university over her termination.  But what effect her claim to fear a gun would have is unclear.  What is clear is that she was making stuff up to justify her totalitarian action.


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