Melissa Click made headlines during November of last year when she was caught on video asking for some muscle to come get rid of a journalist that was covering the student protests taking place at the University of Missouri. She was a professor of communications, but since then was suspended pending investigation.
In addition, she faces criminal charges as a result of her statements. Her charge includes third degree assault although she could get out of prosecution if she takes a plea and accepts community service.
Not only has she been suspended, but she has become the poster face for people who hate the First Amendment. Over 100 lawmakers in Missouri are asking that she be fired and in addition she has received a high number insults and threats from people she has never meant.
For three months she kept quiet, but then with the aid of Status Labs, the public relations firm, she has launched an offensive to rehabilitate herself. Click stated that she is not denying that she was out of line, but she explained that she just spoke spontaneously without thinking and did not mean to incite violence in any way.
She wants people to look at what she has done in the past 12 years a professor and has a letter signed by over a hundred faculty members that support the good she has done. She explains that she knows that was an embarrassing encounter, but it was one second out of a long career and she urges people to look at what she good has done during that time.
Click has made a good choice in getting the team at Status Labs to work with her. The Texas based public reputation firm creates unique solutions that are tailored to meet the individual needs of every client.
Co-founder of Status Labs, Darius Fisher, has been named a member of PR Week’s Innovation 50 and his company is quickly becoming known globally as a leading PR firm. The company currently offers their crisis management services to over 1,500 clients spread out across 35 different countries.