Florida Principal Who Wouldn’t Call Holocaust Factual Will Lose His Job
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After Principal William Latson refused to call the Holocaust factual, the Palm Beach County Superintendent recommended that Latson’s contract be terminated.
These developments follow his response to a parent inquiring about Holocaust education in the district, only to be faced with the answer from the principal that as it pertains to the Holocaust, “the curriculum is to be introduced but not forced upon individuals as we all have the same rights but not all the same beliefs.”
When pressed further about the meaning of this, he replied that not everyone believes the Holocaust happened, and so those different beliefs must be considered. In conclusion he did not “say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because [he is] not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”
On the contrary, the opinions of any parents do not in fact matter and as a school district employee he can attest to the veracity of the Holocaust. In fact, since 1994 teaching the Holocaust is mandatory in Florida public schools. As soon as these emails became public, the district quickly removed him from his post, relocating to a district-level position.
William Latson I get to recall WW2 & The Holocaust when I visit My Father's grave. His Military Unit Liberated Dachua Concentration Camp in April 1945. His Name CPL Salvador R. Candelario #williamlatson #Holocaust #WW2 #dachau #history #soldier #socal #usa #soldier #death #sorrow pic.twitter.com/CcHhojDJtF— ShowLow (@alexscandelario) July 10, 2019
After continued backlash, however, the superintendent for the district recommended the principal’s contract not be renewed, which was quickly accepted by the school board.
In response to these events, there has been a renewed push for Holocaust education. Yad Vashem has invited educators from the district to courses both in Florida as well as Jerusalem. Yad Vashem offers a slew of courses to help the educators themselves understand the depth of the Holocaust as well as why its education is of utmost importance.
Racist, Antisemite Boca Raton’s Spanish River Community High School Principal William Latson, “Can’t say Holocaust is factual, historical event because not in position to do so as school district employee.” So he can’t say black slavery is factual, historical? #FireWilliamLatson— Lou Thomas (@Rivco12survivor) July 8, 2019
With the Never Again Education Act, H.R. 943 now in front of the House, this renewed push for Holocaust education will mean that American youth understands the importance of ensuring “never again”.
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