Mizzou professor charged with assault for threatening student with “some muscle”

posted at 4:01 pm on January 25, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Accountability — the University of Missouri seems short on it, but the rest of the state … not so much. Melissa Click, the Fifty Shades of Grey scholar who threatened a student journalist with “some muscle” when he dared tread on public property to report on a demonstration, will face assault charges. ABC’s St. Louis affiliate reports on the details:

The University of Missouri Communications Professor caught on video ordering student journalists to leave a public campus area to keep them from other students at the public university is now facing an assault charge in that incident.

The Allman Report has confirmed that MU Communication Professor Melissa Click has been charged with a class C, or 3rd degree assault, for her actions during the MU campus protests in November.

The Kansas City Star notes that this is a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 15 days in jail:

A spokeswoman for the Columbia Prosecutor’s Office said Click was being charged with third degree assault, a class C misdemeanor that carries a possible 15-day jail sentence.

Click was caught on video calling for “some muscle” to remove a student reporter from an area on the university’s flagship campus where protesters had gathered. The protests eventually led to the resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and Mizzou Chancellor R. Bown Loftin. Click, however, remains as an assistant professor in the Department of Communications.

So … it’s not the crime of the century, clearly, but it is worth pursuing. Campus tyrants are not exactly rare finds, but substantive rebukes of their abuses could eventually limit their population, or at least force them to behave as though their publicly funded institutions serve a representative republic. Mizzou’s response, which consisted entirely of stripping Click of an honorific, fell miserably short of the level of disincentive needed pour encourager les autres.

State representative Caleb Jones put it best. “While the University of Missouri seems to have no accountability,” he told ABC, “the judicial system in Missouri does.” Jones and his colleagues need to work on the first half of that equation, no matter what the courts do with Click.


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This should be a felony charge.

But it’s good at least that Columbia “called in some muscle” to deal with this b!tch.

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 4:03 PM

…but still keeps her job, no doubt.

GrumpyOldFart on January 25, 2016 at 4:03 PM

The rule of law still apparently applies some places, even if it no longer exists on college campuses.

Longing4Lincoln on January 25, 2016 at 4:04 PM

…but still keeps her job, no doubt.

GrumpyOldFart on January 25, 2016 at 4:03 PM

Every State needs a Constitutional Amendment outlawing Tenure in public education.

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 4:04 PM

Im sure she can find some muscle in the clink

Privatize It on January 25, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Golly, she is very red.

justltl on January 25, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Airdrop into “refugee” camp in Germany.

darwin on January 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM

I keep reading ‘she’ and ‘her’ in reference to Click, but I see no female in the lead pic. WTH???

garnkikaloid on January 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Ugggghhhhh! That picture again!

SailorMark on January 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Golly, she is very red.

justltl on January 25, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Orange is the new red?

darwin on January 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM

So a slap on the wrist and being sent to her room without dessert? She needs to be fired and laughed out of every future job interview she ever goes into.

Rogue on January 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM

a class C misdemeanor that carries a possible 15-day jail sentence.

…how’s THAT for a “safe space” you b***h…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 25, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Make Carrot Top great again!

Galtian on January 25, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Airdrop into “refugee” camp in Germany.

darwin on January 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM


Strapped, of course. On, that is.

garnkikaloid on January 25, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Did you hear that Melissa walked into a seafood restaurant the other day. She looked around for waiter. Upon spotting one, she yelled out,

“Hey, can I get some muscles over here!”

HugoDrax on January 25, 2016 at 4:10 PM

I keep reading ‘she’ and ‘her’ in reference to Click, but I see no female in the lead pic. WTH???

garnkikaloid on January 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM

It’s an angry version of Pat from the old SNL skit.

BuckeyeSam on January 25, 2016 at 4:10 PM

I still can’t get over the pure, unadulterated hate on that face.

redshirt on January 25, 2016 at 4:12 PM

I keep reading ‘she’ and ‘her’ in reference to Click, but I see no female in the lead pic. WTH???

garnkikaloid on January 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM

She must be one of those Dame Edna Jenner-type shes.

CurtZHP on January 25, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Golly, she is very red.

justltl on January 25, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Orange is the new red?

darwin on January 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM

You’re right, darwin.

She’s orange.
Very orange.
Definitely very orange.

justltl on January 25, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Golly, she is very red.

justltl on January 25, 2016 at 4:05 PM

There are only two kinds of redheaded women. Smoking Hot and Smoking Not.

Guess which kind Mizz Perfesser Melissa is?

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 4:13 PM

I must have missed it, but who requested the charge, the victim(s) or the SAO?

vnvet on January 25, 2016 at 4:15 PM

I keep reading ‘she’ and ‘her’ in reference to Click, but I see no female in the lead pic. WTH???

garnkikaloid on January 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM

The woman charged with assault is actually too unsightly to put up on the front of the website, so they used a stock photo of the protest.

anotherJoe on January 25, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Tempted to send her an empty bottle of Muscle Milk.

Christien on January 25, 2016 at 4:17 PM

There are only two kinds of redheaded women. Smoking Hot and Smoking Not.

Guess which kind Mizz Perfesser Melissa is?

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 4:13 PM

In the Peoples’ Army of Social Justice Warriors, the Perfesser is a Major in the Skank Brigade.

justltl on January 25, 2016 at 4:21 PM

The Kansas City Star notes that this is a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 15 days in jail:

… and/or a $300 fine.

Dusty on January 25, 2016 at 4:22 PM

IT’S NOT BULLYING WHEN I DO IT!!

LoganSix on January 25, 2016 at 4:24 PM

IIRC, the student journalist she threatened is Asian. If so, I wouldn’t be surprised is someone threatened to go Tiger Mom on her sorry ass.

Christien on January 25, 2016 at 4:26 PM

*if

Christien on January 25, 2016 at 4:26 PM

Not sticking up for this lady because she was a major (and predictably unhinged) idiot, but an assault charge seems a little harsh, IMO.

dorkintheroad on January 25, 2016 at 4:27 PM

In the Peoples’ Army of Social Justice Warriors, the Perfesser is a Major in the Skank Brigade.

justltl on January 25, 2016 at 4:21 PM

She should be required to march in a “slut walk” through a Syrian “rapefugee” camp.

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 4:28 PM

So much hate in one person. It’s sad really that someone can go through life that way.

Johnnyreb on January 25, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Hey Ed, AllahP would have included a “perp walk video ” or at least some photos
of the criminal in cuffs

BigSven on January 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM

We need to eliminate the tenure system. What other paid position exists where you can never be fired short of criminal charges.

celt on January 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Just desserts.

Ricard on January 25, 2016 at 4:32 PM

I still can’t get over the pure, unadulterated hate on that face.

redshirt on January 25, 2016 at 4:12 PM

/shudder

roy_batty on January 25, 2016 at 4:33 PM

We need to eliminate the tenure system. What other paid position exists where you can never be fired short of criminal charges.

celt on January 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM

…never, ever forget…she’s a gubmint worker…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 25, 2016 at 4:35 PM

“Can we get some handcuffs over here?!!”

Trusser13 on January 25, 2016 at 4:36 PM

I’d make part of her sentence the requirement to walk around campus wearing a sandwich board reading: “I apologize for being an uncivil anti-First Amendment bitch.”

Meremortal on January 25, 2016 at 4:36 PM

Are SJWs physically distinguishable from the rest of society? I’m starting to wonder.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/why-do-all-sjws-look-the-same/

NotCoach on January 25, 2016 at 4:37 PM

…if there is indeed a God…

Layoffs coming at UMSL as budget hole grows

UMSL’s budget woes first came into picture in November when George announced the school was coping with an unexpected enrollment decline — administrators expected a 2 percent increase but got a 4 percent decrease, instead.

At the time, the budget shortfall was projected to be somewhere between $8 million and $12 million. George attributed the $4 million difference to certain central office savings that haven’t yet been fully vetted.

So why the jump from $12 million to $15 million in just two months?

George says UMSL has decided to become more cautious in its estimates.

“Our financial situation hasn’t changed since (November),’’ he said. “We’re just now being more conservative in our projections because we haven’t been in the past.”

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 25, 2016 at 4:37 PM

Communists have their own rules. It’s the rest of us dumbasses in society at large that have (and continue to) allowed them to assume positions of power, influence and prestige. They should all be working minimum wage jobs, and be ignored by passers-by on weekends whilst they’re handing out their Commie flyers and extolling the virtues of Socialism.

Too late now.

When they completely take over, they will allow no dissenters.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 25, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Every State needs a Constitutional Amendment outlawing Tenure in public education.

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 4:04 PM

Completely disagree. My wife is a tenured prof at the U. of Mich.

She is the only conservative in her “school” She would not last another semester if it were not for tenure.

Tenure does not protect professors from being fired for cause, but it certainly protects them from getting fired for their political leanings.

Click should have been fired for cause…..but the bureauweennies at Mizzu are spineless.

The bigger problem with universities is the ever increasing number of “administrators”

animal02 on January 25, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Some consequences anyway.

The professor that was assaulting the right to life lady has been charged also but haven’t heard anything more for awhile.

TfromV on January 25, 2016 at 4:47 PM

We need to eliminate the tenure system. What other paid position exists where you can never be fired short of criminal charges.

celt on January 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM

They can be fired for less than criminal charges……if the administration was not so squishy. Tenure protects professors freedom of speech for the most part……without it, there would not be one conservative found on a college campus.

animal02 on January 25, 2016 at 4:47 PM

So, who was her muscle? Black students? How Jonestowny! The blacks there were also regulated to being the “muscle” while the whites called the shots. I’ve heard Jonestown being described as SJWs. The left is crazy.

Blake on January 25, 2016 at 4:52 PM

It would be funny if her car got a flat in the faculty lot, and the student journalist happened along and asked, “Need some muscle?”

And then put her spare tire on for her.

Christien on January 25, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Sorry didn’t read the whole thread. She didn’t just threaten, she smacked. Watch the video, the six minute one, right at the end.

Immolate on January 25, 2016 at 5:14 PM

Feel good story of the day.

Mallard T. Drake on January 25, 2016 at 5:44 PM

Most states have clauses in tenure contracts at the university level that will void tenure and have the instructor dismissed if they are convicted of a felony.

Too bad this is just a misdemeanor.

Bubba Redneck on January 25, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Just remember, a misdemeanor, in the Democrat Party only qualifies you for a local political position. In order to qualify for State or Federal, you have to achieve Felony, or treason. She must have some political ambition and saw a way to jump start her career.

TIdbIT on January 25, 2016 at 5:48 PM

If the state legislature had a pair they would pass a bill eliminating her position entirely. This would solve the problem.

Bubba Redneck on January 25, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Photoshop by da Vinci: Can I get some Michelangelo here?

justltl on January 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM

If the state legislature had a pair they would pass a bill eliminating her position entirely. This would solve the problem.

Bubba Redneck on January 25, 2016 at 5:52 PM

The DemocRAT governor would veto it, he’s a fan…

Rogue on January 25, 2016 at 6:13 PM

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer harpy.

evergreen on January 25, 2016 at 6:15 PM

The bigger problem with universities is the ever increasing number of “administrators”

animal02 on January 25, 2016 at 4:45 PM

I went to school 67 years ago and never got out. Now I’m starting my 52nd year of college teaching.

I would agree with the quote above that one of the problems in higher education is the growth of administrators compared to full-time faculty. But the fundamental reason behind this, as I see it, is the enormous growth of federal regulations (which need more people to interpret, track, and respond to them). Actually, when you think about it, it is quite ironic that a government which can’t balance a budget wants to micromanage colleges and universities all over the country.

Another major problem is the 90% plus Left leaning bias of college and university faculty. So what students end up with is 4 years of Leftist indoctrination. (As Theodore Newcomb’s classic study of Bennington College found, this influence generally continues throughout life.)

So what to do? I have two suggestions.

One would be to require college professors to have been employed for five years in the private sector before being hired. Hopefully, in the real world they would learn certain crazy behaviors would get them fired.

The other would be to enforce ideological “affirmative action” in higher education for the next 20 years. I’m not a big fan of “affirmative action” (for one thing it robs its recipients of credit for their accomplishments), but it would be humorous to see the Leftist beast they unleashed on our country start to bite them on their asses also.

Finally, you might ask “Was I employed in the private sector for five years before being hired as a teacher?” No I wasn’t. I have been, however, in the Coast Guard reserve for eight years. Also, I have spent, as a hobby, 38 years in commercial publishing (producing, so far, 223 books). From both I learned valuable lessons about human behavior. And those, I believe, saved me from this madness so common among college instructors.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on January 25, 2016 at 7:10 PM

The “enormous growth of federal regulations in higher education” is causing the growth of administrators? This explains why the chancellor at Vanderbilt makes 2.4 million a year and why we have a ton of these guys? Seriously?

I just retired from medicine, in most part, because of bureaucrats, administrators, and payment for work which was not comensurate with the risk/reward ratio. If you think colleges are heavily regulated, try a day of practicing medicine. People have no idea.

No, I don’t need to hear the world’s smallest violin playing; I’m happier and more well adjusted now than I have been since 2008.

NoPain on January 25, 2016 at 9:29 PM

We need to eliminate the tenure system. What other paid position exists where you can never be fired short of criminal charges.

celt on January 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM

She actually doesn’t even have tenure, she’s just an assistant or adjunct or whatever stupid title pre-tenure people have

That’s the pathetic part– she is up for tenure right now and fireable, yet still has a job

They’re circling the wagons around her, expect her to become a leftard martyr and get a glowing review on her seminal “50 Shades of Gray” research and be offered full tenure just to piss the rest of us off

Completely disagree. My wife is a tenured prof at the U. of Mich.

She is the only conservative in her “school” She would not last another semester if it were not for tenure.

Tenure does not protect professors from being fired for cause, but it certainly protects them from getting fired for their political leanings.

Click should have been fired for cause…..but the bureauweennies at Mizzu are spineless.

The bigger problem with universities is the ever increasing number of “administrators”

animal02 on January 25, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Sorry, but still disagree. Just because your wife is one of the 2% of profs who are conservative with tenure, doesn’t justify the whole ridiculous system for the 98% of liberal fascists that abuse it and suckle off the taxpayers teats

Maybe without tenure we wouldn’t have such a universally monolithically liberal fascist education system nationwide

Abolish it now and burn the whole system down, while we’re at it

thurman on January 25, 2016 at 10:46 PM