Spanish River High School

Holocaust Questioner May Be Re-Fired By Palm Beach School District

Florida LAWSUITS News Palm Beach County
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

School Board To Reconsider Vote Approving Rehiring Of Ex-Spanish River Principal William Latson

Spanish River High School
Spanish River High School is the latest to report a community member with COVID-19.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — The one-time Spanish River principal who questioned whether the Holocaust is real or not could find himself fired a second time.

William Latson was fired by the school district last year after he told a parent that it wasn’t for him to say whether the Holocaust happened or not. That led to outrage in not just Boca Raton’s Spanish River High School school community but around the world as the comments received international attention.

But the firing — which Latson contested — led to an administrative law judge determining that he school district went too far in terminating Latson’s $152,000/year job. The school board, fearing litigation that could cost more than $152,000, rehired Latson last week — but that’s led to more controversy even though Latson was to be assigned to a back office role in a non-school building. has learned of major protests in the planning stages from Jewish organizations in Palm Beach County.

School Board Chairman Frank Barbieri added this agenda item to next week’s school board meeting:

“I recommend the Board rescind the vote that was taken at the October 7, 2020 Special Meeting on Agenda Item COS1 “Adoption of Final Order – Palm Beach County School Board v. William Latson.” In the event the Board affirmatively votes to rescind its prior approval of Agenda Item COS1, the Board shall discuss changes to the Administrative Law Judge’s Recommended Order that it wishes to be incorporated into a new Final Order and vote on a date and time to consider and adopt it.”

No immediate response from Latons’ legal team.

Content copyright © 2021 Metro Desk Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. We vigorously protect our intellectual property and journalistic product. Broadcast stations must credit on air. Print must refer to Online must link to We have agreements with several organizations. Contact news (at)

News. Free. As It Happens. Subscribe To Our Updates.


4 thoughts on “Holocaust Questioner May Be Re-Fired By Palm Beach School District

  1. As a Jewish man, with relatives who were killed in the Holocaust and some that survived, I think that the principal should be allowed to educate himself more about the atrocities. Then he should be allowed to formally apologize and get his job back.
    Considering the real anti-semitism that is going on in Europe, Middle East, and especially Germany, this is virtually nothing. As a community, show this man forgiveness not vengeance. There are greater anti-semitic causes to worry about. Thanks.

    1. As long as after that education, he makes a public statement that he acknowledges the Holocaust as an historical event, I would agree with you. Paul. I’m also Jewish and a descendant of survivors.

    2. I’m not Jewish. This man made a ridiculously foolish and insensitive statement, however, they are going way too far. They are being vindictive. My professor in a class about understanding the bible said he wasn’t sure that Jesus ever lived. I moved on.

    3. You’re too kind. This man is living and teaching in the middle of a Jewish community. He should be fired. I don’t want to forgive, and I surely don’t forget. He’s biting the hand that feeds him… deliberately. Who wants his apology? It would be insincere. He’s a vile anti Semite… laughing all the way. Let him get another job. There are so many worthy people who would love to have his.