A member of the Ohio school board gave a sarcastic Nazi salute and a chant to the board chairman for “acting like a dictator” at a recent meeting just before leaving office.
At a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5, Tipp City School Board president Simon Patry was speaking about transparency around ongoing district projects when board member Anne Zakkour tried to interrupt, but Patry wouldn’t go with her.
“I’m talking, don’t interrupt me, don’t make a sound, otherwise I’ll do it, I won’t tolerate it. Stop talking,’ Patry demands in the conversation captured on video.
Not appreciating the way the “dictator” president pronounced her, Zakkour shouted “Oh, Sieg Heil” as she raised her left arm and pointed it at Patry.
The animated board member clarified her acting as an act of symbolism against Patry.
“Mr. Patry has been acting like a dictator on our board for years and last night I had enough of his demands of total obedience.” Zakkour told Dayton 24/7 Newseducation franchise. “My response last night was symbolic and a sarcastic gesture of submission to a government official acting as a dictator. Enough is enough!”
At the end of the “Work Session” meeting, Patry announced that he would be stepping down from his role.
“At this time, I would like to announce that I will be resigning from the school board of education at midnight tonight,” Patry said, also clarifying that he would immediately step down as president.
Patry filed a motion to have the vice president of the board, Amber Drum, installed as the new board chair, but not before Zakkour stepped in, asking for clarification on the terminology of Drum’s role and her tenure, much to the chagrin of Patry.
The new views are already reflected in the school district website.
It is unclear whether Patry’s dismissal was related to Zakkour’s gesture.
Tipp City is located 26 miles north of Dayton and has 2,356 students, over 92% of whom are white. according to USNews.com.
Zakkour’s comment and salute came hours after a spectator at the US Open was ejected from Arthur Ashe Stadium for allegedly using a similar phrase.
Alexander Zverev fought Jannik Sinner in the fourth set of their epic Round of 16 match when the German star claimed the fan was shouting “the most famous Hitler phrase out there.”
The man was removed from the stadium and Zverev eventually won the match.