A University of Missouri professor’s appeal to reverse her firing has been denied.
Melissa Click was fired in February for trying to block a journalist from recording a student protest about racism on campus. In a letter on Tuesday, the university’s board of curators said it stands by its decision to fire Click.
The associate professor of communications appealed her firing earlier this month.
“The Board reiterates that it is your conduct that is the reason for termination of your employment,” the letter said. “The Board reiterates that it is not acting based on any views you have expressed or your association with any students or others.”
Click was also told in the letter that her firing was the result of her behavior, which “interfered with the rights of others, not based on any exercise of rights on your part.”
I’m still confused by this. If the professor was sympathetic to the protesting students, why was she trying to prevent reporters from recording the protest? Doesn’t that seem counter-intuitive? Were the students doing something illegal or distasteful that she didn’t want publicized?