WASHINGTON, January 26, 2016 — University of Missouri Communications Professor Melissa Click has been charged with misdemeanor assault by Columbia prosecutor Steve Richey.
The charge stems from an incident on the Missouri campus last fall, when Click attempted to block student photographer Tim Tai from accessing a public university area during a student demonstration.
She then threatened student journalist Mark Schierbecker with physical harm. “Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here?” Click shouted to the mob. “I need some muscle over here!”
If convicted, Click could serve up to 15 days in jail and pay a $300 fine.
In an op-ed written for the Columbia Daily Tribune, University of Missouri Professor Michael Ugarte described Click’s threats as simply a “desire to protect” infantile student grievance-mongers.
Ugarte says many have “chosen to focus on her [Click’s] act rather than on the issues the 1950 group raised.”
In the pampered confines of their university cocoon, the emotional adolescents of the 1950 group and some sycophant professors thought they could declare the protest staging area a “media-free zone.”
There was just one problem: They were gathered on public, taxpayer-owned property. They had no right to impede anyone from entering the area.
If they did not want to answer media inquiries, they could have said “no comment” or simply kept their mouths shut. Instead, they linked arms to block reporters from entering their “safe space” for fear of having their wrongheaded assumptions challenged.
Unable to defend their position with logic and a university-level vocabulary, they resorted to low-brow intimidation.
“The 1950 group express a desire for programs that would address low retention rates for marginalized students,” said Ugarte.
What he seems to suggest is that the university’s underachievers should remain on campus, keeping out more deserving and qualified applicants, to serve the needs of educators like Melissa Click: to provide “muscle” for faculty totalitarians.
Ugarte urges one and all to “come to our university … See if they are in the process of becoming critical-thinking citizens aware of the world.”
Just be careful what you say.
There are Stalinist thugs itching to bust skulls to protect the fragile “safe space” of their imaginary, utopian world.