A principal in Florida who wrote in an email to a parent that he could not confirm that the Holocaust was a “real, historic event” was fired for a second time after being reinstated after being appealed. .
The Palm Beach County School Board voted on Monday to end William Latson at the Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton, reversing the previous decision to reinstate the former principal.
Latson was initially reappointed in July 2019 after it was revealed that he told a parent in a 2018 email that he couldn’t admit that the Holocaust was a “fact historical event”;. . In his email, he also said he couldn’t “force” Holocaust lessons on kids because some parents didn’t believe it happened.
The school board voted in October 2019 to fire Latson, not to specifically respond to an email conversation, but because he “did not respond to a contact form to his supervisor. and does not assist the district in addressing the serious disruption caused by the aforementioned email and news reporting by the Miami Herald.
An administrative law judge ruled in August this year that although Latson has performed “some poor judgment,” his conduct does not require suspension or termination, NBC Miami reported. .
In early October, the school board members voted to reinstate him, but finally returned to the decision on Monday following outrage from the Jewish community, the Palm Beach Post reported. .
Attempts to reach Latson for comment on Tuesday have been unsuccessful, but in a video uploaded to YouTube last week, the former principal apologized for his Holocaust remarks.
“When I wrote to a parent in 2018 that as an employee of the Palm Beach County Public School, I couldn’t say that the Holocaust was a historical fact, I was wrong,” he said in the video. . “I apologize to the Palm Beach County community, the Board of Trustees, school administrators, parents, students, teachers of Palm Beach County, the Jewish community and everyone who has been offended or hurt by my mistake.”
“I’m not the Holocaust denial,” he said. “I’ve never been a Holocaust denial.”
A school board spokesperson told NBC News in an email Tuesday that board members are expected to vote on formally rejecting the judge’s proposal to re-investigate Latson on. November 10.