Holocaust-Denying Principal to Be Officially Terminated
Submitted by Nancy Smith on July 10, 2019 - 6:07pm
Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy told The Palm Beach Post Wednesday he will end the employment of Spanish River High School’s ousted principal, after numerous lawmakers and an anti-hate group spent the last two days pressuring him to do so.
Former Principal William Latson was transferred out of his job Monday when comments came to light showing he refused to call the Holocaust a “factual, historical event."
Latson said, “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”
Fennoy said he was appalled. “I have lost confidence in his leadership,” he said of Latson in a video message Wednesday. “I removed him from his position as principal and now I am making a recommendation to the school board to not renew his contract.”
Even U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. has pushed for the school district to terminate his employ.
“A public-school principal raising doubts about the irrefutable historical fact of the Holocaust is outrageous and totally unacceptable,” said Sheri Zvi, Anti-Defanamtion League Florida Regional Director. “We are pleased that the district has taken action and recognized that Mr. Latson’s remarks were not only offensive but contrary to school board policy.”
Said Superintendent Fennoy, “We are making sure the facts are taught in Spanish River and every one of our schools.”
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