Principal William Latson lost his job when he refused to say the Holocaust was a “factual, historical event.” Nevertheless, the school board voted in favor of rehiring him on Wednesday and reinstating his $150,000 salary. Latson lost his job at the Spanish River Community High School last year when he did not stand by the facts of history – instead, preferring to refer to the mass slaughter as a “belief” that he did not want students at his school “forced” to learn.
Latson’s incorrect views of the historical event lost him his job as an educator. However, the Palm Beach School Board did not find that to be enough of a reason to keep him out of work. They decided to rehire the principal with a vote of 4-3 despite the incorrectness of his view of the Holocaust.
The Holocaust resulted in the deaths of more than six million Jews across Europe in the late 1930s and 1940s. Although this event happened and there is a lot of documents to prove it, Latson refused to see the facts. He lost his job in October of last year for his bizarre views on the subject.
However, an administrative law judge ruled in Latson’s favor this August. The legal professional figured that the school district was unable to prove that Latson “engaged in misconduct in office, incompetence, or gross insubordination by a preponderance of the evidence.” That’s why this judge recommended the principal’s termination be overturned with a vote by the school board.
Latson’s incorrect remarks were shared via an official school communication. The disgraced principal wrote:
“The clarification is that not everyone believes the Holocaust happened, and you have your thoughts, but we are a public school, and not all of our parents have the same beliefs as they will react differently, my thoughts or beliefs have nothing to do with this because I am a public servant. I have the role of being politically neutral but support all groups in the school. I work to expose students to certain things, but not all parents want their students exposed, so they will not be, and I can’t force that issue.”
He continued, “One must allow parents to work with their students on what they want their children to understand.”
Public schools are not supposed to practice religion in school or force religious or political beliefs onto the students. The Holocaust is not a religious or political belief but a factual event that resulted in millions of innocent people massacred.
“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. I do allow information about the Holocaust to be presented and allow students and parents to make decisions about it accordingly. I do the same with information about slavery. I don’t take a position but allow for the information to be presented and parents to be parents and educate their students accordingly.”
Do you think that the Holocaust and slavery are factual, historical events?