COLUMBIA, MO (KPLR) – One of two female University of Missouri staffers seen confronting a pair of student journalists in a viral video has been placed on leave.
In a statement from Mizzou’s department of student life on Wednesday, Janna Basler has been relieved from her duties as director of Greek Life & Leadership, pending a university investigation into her actions.
In the video, shot Monday by Mark Schierbecker and later posted to YouTube, Basler and several other students attempted to block student photographer Tim Tai from taking pictures of Carnahan Quad, a public space on campus where members of the Concerned Student 1950 group had gathered in a makeshift tent city. Tai and Schierbecker were present to document student response to Tim Wolfe’s resignation as University of Missouri president.
Meanwhile, Melissa Click, an assistant professor at the university’s communications department, announced she was resigning her affiliation with the School of Journalism and the Chancellor’s Student Publications Committee, effective immediately. Click could be seen asking for “muscle” to help remove Schierbecker from the quad.
This comes on the same day a professor opted to resign following outrage over refusing to postpone an exam over threats on campus.