In the wake of the controversy that has erupted on the University of Missouri campus, one woman at the heart of a new viral video has captured a lot of the attention. Melissa Click, who became infamous overnight after being caught on tape blocking a student journalist from covering a protest, has resigned from her post at the university.
According to the University, Click was never actually employed in an official capacity with the School of Journalism; rather, she was a so-called “courtesy” professor who was primarily employed as an assistant professor with the Department of Communication. “The College of Arts and Science is not making any personnel statements right now regarding employment issues,” a spokesperson told FoxNews.com. University officials remain vague as to the exact nature of Click’s resignation and whether it represents the severance of all her ties with the school.
Mizzou student Mark Schierbecker had been filming the protest, which involved a large number of students establishing a “media-free” zone by linking arms and forming a perimeter. Another student journalist named Tim Tai who was covering the protest for ESPN is seen being rebuked by his fellow students in Schierbecker’s video.
Schierbecker then approaches Click asking for comment. “No, you need to get out,” Click replies, gesturing that the student should walk away and grabbing his camera. “You need to get out. You need to get out.” Schierbecker refuses to leave, so Click appeals to the student protesters. “Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here?” Click yells. “I need some muscle over here!”
Click, who can be seen in a follow-up video walking around the perimeter and encouraging the protesters, struck a different note following her resignation. “I regret the language and strategies I used, and sincerely apologize to the MU campus community, and journalists at large, for my behavior, and also for the way my actions have shifted attention away from the students’ campaign for justice,” Click said in an apology issued on Tuesday, in which she claimed that she “learned about humanity and humility.”