Melissa Click, the University of Missouri professor who called for muscle to stop a student videographer covering the race-related protests on the Columbia campus, received some vile emails after her story went public.
An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education reveals the some of the angry, threatening and down-right disreputable emails that filled Click’s university mailbox days after she was caught on camera pushing a member of the student media’s camera and shouting, “Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here!”
The Chronicle obtained Click’s emails through a freedom of information request to the university.
Emails, that filled her in-box over two days after her video-recorded encounter with the student went viral, ranged from “You should be ashamed/fired!” to hardcore threats, “I hope your mother dies of brain cancer,” and much worse.
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Following the public outrage that rose from the incident, Click, an assistant professor of communication, lost a courtesy appointment she had with the MU School of Journalism. She is still employed with the university.
While some of the emails were from journalist , alums and members of the university faculty, recently faculty at the university have said they support Clicks’ continued employment there.