Last updated on February 16, 2022
A Board of Education member in a suburban Chicago community cursed at a man — who claimed he had a medical exemption for not wearing a mask — as the maskless man spoke during the public comment period of the meeting. Board member Joel Taub snapped, “You can wear the mask on your f****** balls! If you don’t wear the f****** mask, you get the f*** out of here!”
The exchange occurred at a meeting of the Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education. The Board represents the towns of Northbrook, Glenview, and parts of Northfield Township.
The man offering public comment at the meeting —where all the audience in a video of the meeting can be seen wearing masks — began by saying, “I’m starting my clock here, so I’ll stay the exact two minutes.”
The moderator interrupted, “I’m sorry, sir, sir, you need you to put on your mask.”
The man, whose first name is Mark, replied, “Should I stop my clock? I can’t — President Biden and (Illinois Democratic Governor) J.B. Pritzker both speak without a mask. And I do have an exemption. Will you allow me to speak? Please, I’m not going to interrupt you when you speak.”
Then this exchange followed:
Moderator: I’m sorry, it’s a rule you have to follow. I’m sorry, sir. That’s the rule. You need to keep your mask on.
Mark: I have an exemption. I mean, I don’t want to go into the whole thing about, explain to you. 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 restart my clock? I’m at 38 seconds now.
Moderator: You can stop your clock for a second.
Mark: I’m at 41 seconds and I’m two lines into my speech.
Moderator: We’ll start your clock again. Don’t worry. Don’t worry about your clock for the moment.
Mark: Well, I’m nervous because you’re telling me I can’t speak. I’m ready to speak.
Moderator: We need you to put on your mask sir … follow the rule.
Mark: I can’t speak with my mask on; I can’t articulate. I have a medical — you’re not gonna honor a medical and religious exemption?
Moderator: If you have a medical exemption, okay. That’s fine sir.
Mark: I mean, I’m embarrassed. It’s humiliating. So, okay. Can I reset my clock?
Moderator: Just start again. Go ahead, sir.
Mark: I’m resetting to two minutes.
Taub: Are you gonna let him speak without a mask?
Moderator: Well, he’s got a medical exemption.
Mark: Now he’s interrupting me. I mean, you guys are rude. Do I get to speak or not? Do I get to speak? (gesturing to Taub) Who’s this? Are you the mask police? Can I speak or not?
Moderator: We’ll let you speak. Just one moment please. Mr. Taub, do you have a question?
Mark: Is he in charge?
Taub: Are you in charge?
Mark: I’m speaking. It’s public comment. (to moderator) you said at the beginning of the meeting you would not be rude to people.
Taub: Are you in charge?
Moderator: Mr. Taub, Mr. Taub.
Mark: We should remove him. This is rude.
Moderator: We’ll start your two minutes now, sir.
Taub to moderator: This is not what you promised. You said if they don’t wear a mask they can’t speak.
The masked crowd applauded. The exchange continued:
Mark: I have a mask. I can wear the mask on my head if you want.
Taub: You can wear your mask on your f***ing balls. If you don’t wear the f****** mask, you get the f*** out of here!
Moderator: Enough. Enough. We’re going to take recess for five minutes.
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