Communications Professor Who Tried to Block Journalist During Student Protest Speaks to KMIZ

By Kevin Eck Comment

Columbia, Mo., ABC affiliate KMIZ scored an interview with Dr. Melissa Click, the University of Missouri assistant professor of communications who was suspended after she tried to block a student journalist from shooting a protest in November.

When asked about being a communications professor and violating the First Amendment, Click blamed “a couple of people” who didn’t respect the students wishes.

Click said the students had formed a circle to plan their next move after the Missouri president resigned that same day. She told KMIZ the professional journalists she saw that day had identified themselves, but the student journalist she tried to block never did. “He didn’t identify himself as a student and I was concerned about why he had broken through that circle,” said Click.

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Click was seen on camera yelling “You need to get out,” to a videographer who tried recording students. She then added, “Hey! Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here. I need some muscle over here.”

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