After Calling Holocaust a Matter of Belief, Principal Is Removed

Florida principal is being reassigned to a district job
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 8, 2019 5:57 PM CDT
After Calling Holocaust a Matter of Belief, Principal Is Removed
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A Florida high school principal is being reassigned for telling a student's mother that "not everyone believes the Holocaust happened." The Palm Beach County school district said Monday that Spanish River High School Principal William Latson will be reassigned to a district job, the AP reports. The district said in a statement that while Latson has apologized, "his leadership has become a major distraction." The Boca Raton community has a large Jewish population.

The Palm Beach Post reported last week that the mother sent an email to Latson last year inquiring how the Holocaust was taught. In his response, the principal remarked that he couldn't "say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee." He added that not all students' parents believe the Holocaust happened. (More on the incident here.)

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