Gonzaga faces backlash on social media for controversial hire

Gonzaga released a statement last week saying that they believe Melissa Click has learned from her time at the University of Missouri and that she will uphold GU's standards.Taylor Viydo has the story

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s controversial hiring of a former University of Missouri professor who made national headlines is getting plenty of backlash on social media.

Melissa Click was fired from Mizzou after video surfaced of her yelling at a student journalist during a protest on campus.

Gonzaga released a statement saying that they believe Melissa Click has learned from her time at the University of Missouri and that she will uphold GU's standards. The school is not commenting further as of Tuesday. Meanwhile, that is not enough for dozens of people who have taken to the school's Facebook page.

Social media can be a cold, unforgiving place at times. If Gonzaga was not aware of that already, they certainly are now. Since news broke locally on Friday of Click's hiring, Gonzaga's Facebook page has been flooded with negative comments.

Over 100 users have posted on their page criticizing the hiring of Click. Some of the posts come from alumni and parents of prospective students.

One man wrote, "My daughter is only looking into Catholic schools for college. Tonight she walks into the room and announces, 'Well, I will not be a Zag next year.'"

It is worth noting that the majority of the posts come from people with no apparent affiliation to Gonzaga.
Another man wrote: "Hello from Denmark/Europe, just want to let you guys know that the stupidity of hiring Click has reached us."

The criticism extends into the comment section of unrelated GU posts as well. The school has responded to some of those comments, though.

GU posted on their page saying, "To those of you commenting on the hire of Dr. Melissa Click: Thank you for expressing your care and concern for our students, faculty and community. Please be assured your feedback has been heard."

A Gonzaga spokesperson declined to comment Tuesday on not only Click's hiring but also the amount of comments on social media. KREM 2 called Click’s listed office number on Gonzaga’s website and left a message. As of Tuesday evening, we have not heard back.

(© 2016 KREM)


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