University of Missouri professor Melissa Click has cut a deal, after her spew on video wanting “some muscle” to get rid of a student journalist made nationwide headlines. The last thing you would expect a professor of communication to do is to threaten a student journalist with bodily harm by throwing a request out into a crowd of protesters that she needs “some muscle” to entice this man to leave.
According to MSN News on January 31, Click was charged with misdemeanor assault for the threat of bodily ejecting that student from the protest by calling for “some muscle.” The professor cut a deal with prosecutors which entails 20 hours of community service and not breaking any laws for the next year.
As long as she holds her end of the bargain they won’t prosecute her on the simple assault charge. That charge carries the maximum penalty of 15 days in jail. More than likely the embarrassment that this woman has suffered was way more painful than anything the court could hand out after she made a spectacle of herself on national television.
Not only did she call for “some muscle” in that November video that caught her in action, she also had physical contact with the student while berating him in the process. That video went viral and chances are she was looking for a hole in the sand to bury her head in until it was all over. She looked surreal, like a self-appointed leader ready to go into battle.
It could be that Click got carried away with the moment and hopefully if that was the case she is back to her senses now, considering she is in charge of forming young minds as a college professor. That is if the legal board at the university deems her fit to teach. Click is on paid suspension as the university’s legal department investigates this matter, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.
It was back in November when students were protesting the treatment of African-Americans by administrators that Click got into the face of the young journalism student, who was there conducting interviews with his video camera. Mark Schierbecker was videoing a group of students pushing another student who was there taking pictures, Tim Tai. This is when Click walked up to Schierbecker and started her spew. She is also seen grabbing at his video camera.
Schierbecker filed a complaint with the campus police against Click and she was charged earlier this month. Her sentence was decided upon this week, which was the community service and keeping her nose clean. If she fulfills this deal the prosecutors won’t charge her for the simple assault. It will be up to the findings of the University’s investigation when it comes to the fate of her career at the University of Missouri.