FLORIDA (CNN) – The principal at a Florida high school has been removed after his controversial comments about the holocaust gained national attention.
The school district described the principle’s comments as a grave error in judgment.
He has been reassigned within the district, but some believe that action doesn’t go far enough.
William Latson will not be returning as principal of Spanish River High School in Boca Raton come next school year.
He’s been reassigned after comments he made last year in an email with a parent about the holocaust sparked a firestorm.
“He should have been fired 100% and that’s offensive to people that have relatives in the holocaust and to myself for being a Jewish man.”
The palm beach county school district saying out of an abundance of concern and respect for the students and staff at Spanish River… Latson will not be returning.
I spoke to former graduates about the controversy.
“Personally, at his level I feel like you should stay neutral for the sake of his position.”
“He’s teaching our children and he doesn’t even have his facts straight.”
In emails with a parent… That were first reported by our partners at the palm beach post… Latson says quote “I can’t say the holocaust is a factual historic event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”
He also says quote “not everyone believes the holocaust happened.
“It shouldn’t be a thing where he should be debating the holocaust did happen, it’s clearly a fact.”
The comments touched a nerve with Michael Zeidel… The former VP of the Jewish Student Union at Spanish River and many in the community.
“Regardless of political stance or religion, age, gender whatever… this isn’t a debatable kind of thing.”
CNN affiliate WPTV tried to get a comment from Latson but was unable to reach him.
(This story was originally published on July 8, 2019)