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High School Principal: Not All People Believe The Holocaust Happened

Jeff Katz
July 09, 2019 - 11:10 am

A high school principal in Boca Raton, Florida has been removed from office after refusing to say the Holocaust was a real historical event, according to a report from the Sun Sentinel.

William Latson, principal at Spanish River High School, told a parent in an email he needed to remain "politically neutral" when dealing with the Holocaust. The Palm Beach County School District has since reassigned Latson to an unspecified position. 

Latson's email to the parent sparked controversy in Boca Raton, a city with a heavy Jewish population including many Holocaust survivors and their descendants. In fact, more than 10,000 survivors are estimated to live in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, which is the second-largest concentration in the United States (New York). Some parents even started petitions to have Latson fired.

According to the Sun Sentinel, Latson wrote, "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 so they will react differently."

A new principal has not yet been named.