Spanish River High with former principal William Latson
Spanish River High with former principal William Latson
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Spanish River High with former principal William Latson

Principal in Holocaust denial row fired again in Florida

School board votes unanimously to lay off William Latson, fired for 'ethical misconduct' over email exchange with parent in which he said, 'not everyone believes the Holocaust happened'

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Published: 11.02.20 , 22:13
A Florida high school principal was laid off again on Monday after he told a student's mother last year that "not everyone believes the Holocaust happened".aust.
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  • The Palm Beach County School Board's vote on Monday morning reversed an earlier decision to reinstate Spanish River High School principal William Latson.
    Spanish River High with former principal William LatsonSpanish River High with former principal William Latson
    Spanish River High with former principal William Latson
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    Latson was fired in October 2019 after sparking outrage when he told a parent he "can't say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event" because he wasn't in a position to do so "as a school district employee."
    He appealed his firing and an administrative law judge ruled in August that the school board had gone too far in firing him. That prompted the school board's 4-3 vote to reinstate him last month.
    On Monday, the board reversed course and voted 7-0 to fire Latson following outrage in the Jewish community, the Palm Beach Post reported.
    ילד יהודי נכנע בפני הנאצים בגטו ורשהילד יהודי נכנע בפני הנאצים בגטו ורשה
    A Jewish child raises his hands in front of Nazi troops in the Warsaw Ghetto
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    A formal rejection of the recommendation to rehire Latson is expected to come via a "final order" in a separate vote on Nov. 10, the newspaper reported.
    "I am so at peace that I am going to rescind my vote from the Oct. 7 meeting," board member Barbara McQuinn said as the meeting began. "What Dr. Latson did was open the door for the students whose parents are Holocaust deniers for generations to come to deny the atrocity of the Holocaust."
    The Germans under Nazi rule killed 6 million Jews during the Holocaust. The Nazis also exterminated another 5 million people during World War II, including Slavs; Roma, also known as Gypsies; gays and people with disabilities.
    The Auschwitz death campThe Auschwitz death camp
    The infamous gates of the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, with the phrase 'work sets free' written across the top in German
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    The board initially agreed to fire last year Latson on the ground of ethical misconduct and failure to carry out his job responsibilities. The official justification for his termination was failure to return messages from school district officials in the days after his comments made international news.
    Latson was reassigned from the Boca Raton school to a district office job because of the outcry over his email to a mother who inquired whether the school's students study the Holocaust.
    Latson, who had been at Spanish River for eight years, replied to the mother that as an educator his job was to be "politically neutral."
    The Hall of Names in Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, which records the name of every Jew who perished in the Holocaust
The Hall of Names in Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, which records the name of every Jew who perished in the Holocaust
    The Hall of Names in Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, which records the name of every Jew who perished in the Holocaust
    (Photo: Yad Vashem)
    The mother, thinking Latson had expressed himself poorly, wrote back, saying, "The Holocaust is a factual, historical event. It is not a right or belief."
    Latson replied, "Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened." He added, "You have your thoughts, but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs."
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