Missouri student files complaint against Melissa "Muscle" Click

University of Missouri Professor Melissa Click telling a student journalist to leave a public space. (Mark Schierbecker/YouTube

Above: a longer video that shows Professor Click's attempts to block and eject University of Missouri student Mark Schierbecker after she called for "muscle."

Professor Melissa Click says she can't recall pushing University of Missouri student Mark Schierbecker, who recorded her calling for "muscle" to remove him from a campus protest. But Schierbecker says she did push him and he has filed a complaint with the with campus police, reports USA Today.

Schierbecker said he met with Click at her office on Tuesday, but that he found her apology "lacking." He said that he's made further attempts to contact Click to speak to her about his grievances with her, but she has refused to engage him.

"I am just left with the feeling that she doesn't care," Schierbecker told USA TODAY.

It's interesting that Schierbecker had to go to Professor Click's office to receive her apology. If she really cared, she would have gone to Schierbecker's home. But maybe she's afraid to leave her office. She told faculty members that she's received "2,000 threatening e-mails since Monday's incident."

See also: Dear Melissa Click: Your Apology Is Bullshit

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  1. I absolutely cannot imagine that this game of 'your apology fails to sufficiently unhurt my wounded feelings' is going to go anywhere good; and it didn't start in the best of places.

    Even if we ignore the evidence issues of everyone who wasn't on camera at the time coming to tell their sad stories of being muscled down by the scary media studies lady(some might be true; but every good outrage has its opportunists); there's the simple fact that apology-grading is mostly an exercise in bullshit.

    It's occasionally useful in reminding people that callous public figures don't actually give a fuck just because their flacks apologized to anyone who was offended; but beyond that it's really only an exercise with potential meaning at an interpersonal level, not once something hits the public stage. Ooh, is your contrition contrite enough; or are my feelings too badly hurt? Who will win? Sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  2. SamSam says:

    She already gave a fairly lengthy apology for her actions that day.

    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.

    It wasn't even a weasly apology, it didn't defend her actions.

    Now the question is whether Click didn't grovel enough to the student in person?

    Keep up the reporting over the incident itself, but not on whether there was a sufficient enough apology.

  3. Who are these bozos sending her threatening emails? If I were her, I would make them public.

  4. I hate to be a concern troll, but for the sake of keeping the focus squarely on racism at Missou the photographer and whoever recorded Click need to calm down. The student filing the complaint especially seems to be putting his own need to be a part of the story ahead of people who are getting actual racist filth (and worse) thrown at them on a constant basis.

    If you've been assaulted you wouldn't ask the assaulter to give you an apology first before going to authorities, so I think people are right to be skeptical of his motives.

  5. If the photographer had approached Click, shoved her and then called for "muscle" to move her away so he could film, do you think it would be OK for the police to charge him?

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