On Heels Of Controversy Drawing National, Negative Attention To Palm Beach County Schools, School Board Prepares To Stress Importance Of Holocaust Education.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Less than a year after the Palm Beach County School Board re-hired then re-fired a one time principal for suggesting to a parent that the Holocaust may not have happened, the Palm Beach County School Board is preparing to show its support for Holocaust Education Week.
Spanish River High School Principal William Latson is accused for refusing to accept the Holocaust as “fact” during conversations with at least one parent. The controversy became national news, ultimately resulting in Lawton’s termination. But under the threat of a lawsuit, Lawson was rehired to a back office job in November of 2020. That rehiring was was short lived — Lawson was terminated again after reconsideration by the school board.
The following text is set to be approved during the Palm Beach County School District’s School Board meeting next Wednesday:
WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Education has designated the second week of November as Holocaust Education Week. Holocaust Education Week has been set aside by the state of Florida and the School District of Palm Beach County to remember the victims of the Holocaust as well as to reflect on the need for respect of all peoples, and;
WHEREAS, the Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Six million Jews were murdered, Roma (Gypsies), people with disabilities, and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi tyranny, and;
WHEREAS, the history of the Holocaust offers an opportunity to reflect on the moral responsibilities of individuals, societies, and governments, and;
WHEREAS, the School District of Palm Beach County should always remember the terrible events of the Holocaust and remain vigilant against hatred, persecution, and tyranny, and;
WHEREAS, the School District of Palm Beach County should actively rededicate itself to the principles of individual freedom in a just society, and;
WHEREAS, November 9, 2021 marks the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, and;
WHEREAS, during Kristallnacht, hundreds of synagogues in Germany and Austria were burned and destroyed, business and homes were ransacked, scores of innocent Jews were killed, and thousands of others were arrested and sent to concentration camps, and;
WHEREAS, Kristallnacht serves as a prelude to the Holocaust and to systematic mass murder on a scale never before seen in human history, and;
WHEREAS, the reign of the Nazi Government marks one of the darkest periods in civilized history, and;
WHEREAS, the commemoration of this unprecedented event reminds us all of our solemn duty to keep alive the memory of the millions who perished during the Holocaust and to ensure through education and mutual respect that acts of genocide shall never again occur.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Superintendent and School Board of Palm Beach County do hereby proclaim the week of Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 12, 2021 as Holocaust Education Week in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and in honor of the survivors as well as the rescuers and liberators, and further proclaim that we should work to promote human dignity and confront hate whenever and wherever it occurs.
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