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Spanish River Principal fired again after schoolboard vote

A former West Palm Beach Principal has been fired again after a school district voted against his rehiring due to backlash from the community.

The School District of Palm Beach County voted once again Tuesday to fire former Spanish River High School principal William Latson due to his controversial statements about the Holocaust.

Latson was originally fired a year ago after he responded to an email from a parent stating that he could not “say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”

Latson then sent a video apology to the school board, the Jewish community, to the parents, and to the students. In the video he also stated that he is not and never has been a Holocaust denier.

The school board voted 4-3 on October 7th to rehire Latson and to return his $152,000 backpay after an Administrative Judge  wrote that the former principal ‘ did not commit incompetence, misconduct, or gross insubordination.”

The school board then decided to overturn the decision this week after facing public backlash from the community.