Melissa Click, the assistant professor of mass media who called in “muscle” to remove a journalist from a University of Missouri quadrangle, has apologized for her actions:

Yesterday was an historic day at MU—full of emotion and confusion. I have reviewed and reflected upon the video of me that is circulating, and have written this statement to offer both apology and context for my actions. I have reached out to the journalists involved to offer my sincere apologies and to express regret over my actions. I regret the language and strategies I used, and sincerely apologize to the MU campus community, and journalists at large, for my behavior, and also for the way my actions have shifted attention away from the students’ campaign for justice.
From this experience I have learned about humanity and humility. When I apologized to one of the reporters in a phone call this afternoon, he accepted my apology. I believe he is doing a difficult job, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with him. His dignity also speaks well to the Journalism program at MU. Again, I wish to express my sincere apology for my actions on Carnahan Quad yesterday.

Click became famous thanks to a video by Mark Schierbecker, who approached the assistant professor and said this: “I’m media, can I talk to you?”

“No, you need to get out, you need to get out, you need to get out,” said Click. Responded Schierbecker, “I actually don’t.”

That small measure of resistance drew this action from Click: “All right, hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here!”

In light of that transgression, Jim Lo Scalzo, a staff photographer with European Pressphoto Agency and Mizzou alumnus, posted these thoughts on Facebook:

Click’s apology is as misguided as her outburst. “I regret the language and strategies I used…” Subtext: I should have been more polite when I booted the photojournalist. How about admitting that the goal of her actions was wrong? Click’s says she wants to offer a “context” for her actions, but none is necessary. There is no legal or ethical basis for her hyperventilating—or for her putting a hand on that journalist. I am embarrassed for my alma mater, and hope she is removed. Pronto.

As an assistant professor of mass media, Click has held a “courtesy appointment” with the well-regarded School of Journalism. That appointment, the journalism school dean announced today, is under review.

Update: Click has resigned from her “courtesy appointment at the journalism school.

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