The University of Missouri professor made famous by her plea for some “muscle” to remove a student journalist from a campus protest has been suspended with pay.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the Board of Curators approved the investigation of Melissa Click after its closed-session meeting Wednesday night, so that it “may determine whether additional discipline is appropriate,” in the words of Chairwoman Pam Henrickson.
Click was charged with assault just days earlier following a police complaint by Mizzou student videographer Mark Schierbecker, whose video of Click attacking him and student photojournalist Tim Tai went viral.
The professor will keep her job at Mizzou “at least through the tenure review process,” interim Chancellor Hank Foley told reporters Monday. She’s about halfway through.
More than 60 percent of the Missouri Legislature has called for Click’s “immediate firing.”
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