The suburban Chicago school board member who repeatedly cursed at a maskless man who tried to speak during the public comment portion of a meeting earlier this month has apologized.
Joel Taub of the Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education issued a written apology a few days after his profanity-laced outbursts at the Feb. 14 meeting, Journal & Topics reported.
“I apologize for the language I used at our recent board meeting. My duty is to serve our community with professionalism, and I regret letting my frustration get the best of me at this stage of the global pandemic,” Taub noted in a written statement, the outlet said. “I remain deeply committed to the education of our students and will refocus my energy on that integral responsibility,”
Journal & Topics said some called for Taub’s resignation after he dropped F-bombs on the citizen at the microphone, while others sympathized with the board member’s frustration.
The man told the board he didn’t want to wear a mask to speak because he couldn’t “articulate” well enough while doing so due to a medical reason.
After a prolonged exchange, the maskless man — Mark Weyermuller — quipped that “I have a mask. I can wear the mask on my head if you want.”
With that, Taub hollered back, “You can wear your mask on your f***ing balls! If you don’t wear the f***ing mask, you get the f*** out of here!”
At that point, the meeting moderator pounded his gavel and called for a five-minute recess — but Taub continued with his profane rejoinder: “Get him the f*** out of the room if he can’t put his f***ing mask on!”
Taub’s bio on the board website indicates he’s in the middle of his fourth consecutive four-year term, which ends in 2023. Weyermuller is a Chicago realtor who has been publicly opposing mask mandates in area schools.
Neither the school board, school district, nor Taub immediately replied to request for comment prior to publication of TheBlaze’s initial story on the matter.
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