Man Seen in Video Saying 'Heil Hitler' at Mask Mandate School Board Meeting Loses Job

A Michigan man who flashed a Nazi salute and yelled "Heil Hitler" during a school-centered mask mandate meeting has lost his job.

On Monday, Paul Marcum of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, was fired from his job as a tennis instructor at the Sports Club of West Bloomfield. Marcum worked at the Sports Club of West Bloomfield every fall, but the owner of the establishment contacted the Metro Times to confirm Marcum's termination.

Marcum is also the owner of Paul Marcum's Tennis Service LLC.

Marcum's firing stemmed from the racist actions he displayed on August 18 at a Birmingham Board of Education meeting. During the meeting, school officials, teachers and parents met to discuss a potential mask mandate being put in place for the 2021-2022 school year.

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On August 24, a Michigan man who flashed a Nazi salute and yelled "Heil Hitler" during a school-centered mask mandate meeting has lost his job. A stock photo of a meeting room with attached microphones and chairs. Getty Images

Police caught up with Marcum and questioned him and witnesses regarding the incident which occurred while a Black woman and Jewish woman were showing their support for the school district's potential mask mandate.

After the meeting, Embekka Roberson, Superintendent of Birmingham Public Schools issued a statement to the Metro Times on behalf of the school district.

"Birmingham Public Schools emphatically denounces and will not tolerate any act of racism, disrespect, violence, and/or inequitable treatment of any person, including actions and statements made at Board of Education meetings," said Roberson.

"It is in situations when people feel strongly about a matter, and emotions run high, that we most need to model appropriate behaviors for our students," Roberson continued. "Last night's meeting did not consistently display the behaviors that we expect from our students and community."

At the August 18 school meeting, anti-maskers booed and shouted insults at board members and speakers who are in support of masks and face coverings being worn during the 2021-2022 school year.

Various anti-maskers also told board members that masks are dangerous and children don't carry the risk of spreading COVID-19. Nicole Humphrey, a local parent told the school board she's removing her daughter from the school district because she doesn't want her daughter to be subjected to the potential mandate.

"Hearing that the only way she can attend in-person learning is by wearing a mask is unconscionable," she told the board. "It is not going to happen. It is like asking us to knowingly send her to a place that is abusing her and being like, 'Oh well.' It's not ok."

Another parent told the school board that "God didn't intend for us to wear masks," and that children should be unbound.

"Our children will never see the freedoms we enjoyed growing up," she said. "They are not even free to breathe fresh air. If God wanted us to cover our mouth and nose, he would have made us that way."

The Sports Club of West Bloomfield declined Newsweek's request for comment.