An Ohio school board member gave a sarcastic Nazi salute and chanted the board chairman for behaving “like a dictator” at a recent meeting just before resigning from office.
During a meeting on Tuesday, September 5, Tipp City School Board President Simon Patry was speaking about transparency on current district projects when board member Anne Zakkour tried to interrupt him, but Patry would not engage with her.
“I’m talking, don’t interrupt me, don’t make any noise or I’ll do it, I won’t condone it. “Stop talking,” Patry demands Moment captured on video.
Zakkour didn’t like how the “Dictator” President berated her and shouted “Oh, Sieg Heil” while raising her left arm and pointing it at Patry.
The animated board member clarified that her actions were a symbolic act against Patry.
“Lord. “Patry has been acting like a dictator on our board for years and last night I had enough of his demands for complete obedience.” Zakkour told Dayton 24/7 News‘ Educational Franchise. “My reaction last night was symbolic and a sarcastic gesture of submission to a board official acting like a dictator. Enough is enough!”
At the end of the “work session,” Patry announced that he was stepping down from his role.
“At this time, I would like to announce that I will be stepping down from the school board effective midnight tonight,” Patry said, while also clarifying that he will be stepping down from his post as president, effective immediately.
Patry moved to nominate Board Vice President Amber Drum as the new Board Chair, but it was Zakkour who intervened and asked for clarification on the terminology of Drum’s role and tenure, which angered Patry.
The new positions have already been published in School district website.
It’s unclear if Patry’s resignation is related to Zakkour’s gesture.
Tipp City is 16 miles north of Dayton and has 2,356 enrolled students, over 92% of whom are white. according to USNews.com.
Zakkour’s comment and greeting came hours after a US Open spectator was kicked out of 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 shouted “the most famous Hitler phrase there is”.
The man was removed from the stadium and Zverev won the game.