College fires professor accused of giving Nazi salute

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut college has fired a business professor accused of comparing education officials to Nazis by shouting in German and giving a Nazi salute for more than 10 minutes at a faculty and administrators’ meeting.

Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport on Thursday announced the firing of Charles Meyrick.

School President Paul Broadie II said the Nov. 2 incident at Manchester Community College happened just days after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and “unnerved” many people who left the room fearing for their safety.

A school investigation report said Meyrick acknowledged that he shouted “sieg heil,” German for “hail victory,” and gave a Nazi salute as a way to show the meeting’s leaders that their effort to silence him was tyrannical and wrong.

Messages seeking comment were left for Meyrick on Thursday.

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