What began at the University of Missouri last fall has now become a public relations nightmare at Gonzaga University, and it doesn't appear to be going away.
The university is facing harsh backlash after hiring Melissa Click, a professor who lost her job at Mizzou when a YouTube video surfaced showing her trying to have a student journalist forcefully removed from a public area on campus. She's now hoping for a fresh start as a new Communications professor at Gonzaga University.
However, the backlash to her hiring has been swift, with hundreds of people, especially alumni, commenting on Gonzaga's Facebook page. Most of those comments are highly negative. Students at the university also say they're upset about Click's hiring.
“The university is kind of giving her a second chance over here, but maybe it wasn't the best thing they should have done," said Gonzaga Junior Libby Kamrowski.
Kiki Serantes and Andy Buhler work for the Gonzaga Bulletin. The two broke the news online about Click's hire on Friday.
"We got a random tip about two weeks ago, I want to say, a week-and-a-half ago, of just new hires with her name highlighted," Buhler, who serves as editor-in-chief for the paper, said. Serantes said they also saw chatter of Click's hire on the anonymous social media app Yik Yak.
Serantes and Buhler were granted an interview with Click before publishing their story. That's something she hasn't granted to any other journalist.
"My initial question, one of our first questions was 'were you surprised to find a job in academia this soon," said Buhler. "She seemed kind of surprised that I would ask that question, and it was a very quick 'well of course. My qualifications.'"
The story of Click working at Gonzaga has reached national news outlets, including Fox News, Breitbart, Jezebel, The Washington Times and many others. Despite that, GU still declined an interview on camera with KXLY. Dr. Click, a communications professor at Gonzaga, also hasn't responded to any KXLY requests for an interview.
Click is teaching four introductory classes in the Communications Department. So far, no one has dropped her class.