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A suburban-Chicago school board member reportedly made some below-the-belt comments to a citizen who was trying to speak maskless at a public meeting.
“You can wear your mask on your f—ing balls. If you don’t wear the f—-g mask, you get the f— out of here,” Glenbrook, Ill., High School District 225 Board of Ed member Joel Taub allegedly shouted in what may or may not be a teachable moment during an exchange that was captured on video.
When the man, whose first name is evidently Mark and who implied that he had a medical exemption from the face mask requirement, had stepped up to the podium in the public participation segment with a strict two-minute time limit for each speaker, the polite moderator told him to put his mask on.
“President Biden and J.B. Pritzker both speak without a mask. And I do have an exemption. Will you allow me to speak? Please, I’m not gonna interrupt you when you speak.,” Mark said in the room where it appeared everyone else was masked up.
In the back and forth that followed about mask-wearing and resetting the time clock before the seven-member board, Mark pointed to the ID card of some sort hanging around his neck and said that “I have exemption….I don’t even know you guys, and I don’t want to explain my medical situation. I thought I’d be allowed to speak. Can I rest my clock?”
Watch the sequence embedded below and draw your own conclusions (*warning for language):
As the discussion continued, Taub appeared to disagree with the moderator who seemed to be about to let Mark speak without him donning a mask, a development which Taub claimed ran counter to a “promise,” while Mark lamented about being interrupted. “Do I get to speak or not?”
Mark also wondered if Taub was the mask police and whether the latter, rather than the moderator, was in charge of the meeting.
“I have a mask. I can wear the mask on my head if you want,” Mark added, which apparently triggered his adversary who started dropping the F-bombs, and which prompted the moderator to call for a five-minute timeout in the proceedings.
“Get him the f— out of the room if he can’t put his f—–g mask on,” Taub reportedly added.
It’s not clear if Mark ever got a chance to get to his actual comments.
The next board of education election in the district is scheduled for April 2023.
"You can wear the mask on your f****** b*lls! If you don't wear the f****** mask, you get the f*** out of here!"
– Board Member at @Glenbrook_south to public commenterpic.twitter.com/aPMqDLrVFf
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) February 15, 2022
In the meantime, the above-referenced Pritzker, the state’s Democrat governor, suffered a setback this week in his attempt to continue imposing a school mask mandate, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s mask mandate for schools hit another roadblock on Tuesday when a bipartisan legislative committee rejected the Illinois Department of Public Health’s attempt to reintroduce the governor’s emergency COVID-19 protocols for classrooms across the state. The department’s emergency rules — which served as the state’s official guidance on masks, testing and exclusion for those exposed to the coronavirus in schools — expired on Sunday.”
Earlier this month, a state judge temporarily blocked the mask mandate in 100-plus school districts.
Progressive Pritzker plans to lift the mask mandate as of February 28 for most indoor public settings, except for schools.
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