A Palm Beach County, Florida High School rehired on Wednesday a principal fired last year for declining to say whether the Holocaust is a historical fact.
Board members for Spanish River High School, on the recommendation of an administrative law judge, voted 4-3 to reinstate William Latson and provide $152,000 backpay, the Palm Beach Post reported. The school board said it made the decision to avoid additional legal costs after spending $106,000 defending its decision to fire Latson.
Latson was fired last October for “ethical misconduct” after he said in an email to a parent that students could choose whether to participate in lessons about the Holocaust, because “not everyone believes the Holocaust happened” and it was his job “to be politically neutral,” the Post added.
“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,” Latson said in the email.
Karen Brill, one of three dissenting board members, and the board’s only Jewish member, criticized the district over how it handled the case.
“If we rehire Dr. Latson, it is going to be a stain on this school district that