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Melissa Click confronts Mark Schierbecker and later calls for "muscle" to help remove him from the protest area in Columbia, Mo. on Nov. 9, 2015. Mark Schierbecker—AP

Lawmakers Want Mizzou to Fire Professor Who Blocked Journalist in Viral Video

Jan 05, 2016

Lawmakers are demanding the University of Missouri fire Melissa Click, the professor featured in a viral video in which she calls for "some muscle" to remove a student journalist filming an anti-racism protest.

Click already apologized and resigned from a courtesy appointment at the Missouri School of Journalism. The Kansas City Star reports that in a letter sent to the school's Board of Curators on Monday, more than 100 Missouri House members and senators said her resignation isn't enough.

The letter said Click's actions amounted to a disregard for the First Amendment rights of reporters, and "served to inflame an already caustic situation that was clearly out of line."

"As a professional representing our university, Click failed to meet the obligation she has to her supervisors, fellow professors, university students, and the taxpayers of Missouri," the letter said.

The school said the issue is a personnel matter and declined to comment to local media.

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