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Opinion Missouri Prof. Melissa Click apologizes for her role in trying to stop photographers at student protest

Peter Holley (The Post, Morning Mix) notes that University of Missouri has issued a statement by Prof. Melissa Click, “an assistant professor at the University of Missouri who was captured on video Monday aggressively confronting a journalism student covering a campus protest,” apologizing 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.
My actions were shaped by exasperation with a few spirited reporters. From this experience I have learned about humanity and humility. When I apologized to Tim Tai 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.