The University of Missouri is dealing with plummeting student numbers since the world was exposed to a video of faculty and students “protesting” journalists on their campus.
Almost two years ago, footage went viral showing the university protesters asking student journalists to leave the area. When the journalists refuse on the basis that they are legally allowed to do their job in the public space, the students attempt to forcibly remove them, with faculty member, Professor Melissa Click, eventually calling for some “muscle” to come and get them out. Aggressively telling the journalists that “You need to get out,” she then screams to the crowd, “Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here!”
The protests, which were held in response to alleged “hate crimes” and racism on campus, severely damaged the university’s reputation, with enrollments dropping 35 percent since 2015. Freshman enrollment is now just 4,009, as prospective students seem to have been turned off by the negative publicity. The college has had to close seven residence halls, due to declining student numbers in the last two years.
The Daily Caller observes the public reaction to the university’s intolerance of free speech:
It’s been a year and a half since the students and faculty of the University of Missouri showed us their unique approach to journalism and free speech. How’s that working out for them?
Weird. It’s almost as if people don’t want to pay tens of thousands of dollars a year to be screamed at and scolded for the colour of their skin. They can get that anywhere.
Look on the bright side, Mizzou: You’re becoming an increasingly safe space. You can’t have students disagreeing with each other if you don’t have any students!
Click was subsequently fired from the university, but she claimed it was because of her white skin, rather than her encouragement of violence against a student. She was charged with misdemeanour assault, but the case was dropped when she agreed to do community service.
Watch the video here: