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University of Missouri Fires Melissa Click Over Her 'Appalling' Behavior

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"Her actions in October and November are those that directly violate the core values of our university."

University of Missouri communications professor Melissa Click telling student-journalist Mark Schierbecker to leave students' space. (Image source: YouTube)

The University of Missouri voted Thursday to fire professor Melissa Click after her infamous run-ins with student journalists and a videotaped encounter with a police officer during campus protests last year brought the professor into the national spotlight.

Click, who had been an assistant mass media communications professor at the University of Missouri, received public backlash when she called for "some muscle" to remove a student journalist during protests that occurred Nov. 9 in an encounter that was caught on camera and quickly became viral, according to the Associated Press. During another incident in October during a homecoming parade, police bodycam footage showed Click's confrontation with police in which she shouted "get your hands off the children" and cursed at an officer who had grabbed her by the shoulder. For these confrontations, Click was charged with assault in January before being suspended from her post at the university.

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