July 7, 2019 3:00 pm
If you think that holocaust denial is only found in Nazi websites and the like – think again.
According to email records obtained by the Palm Beach Post, a high school principal in Boca Raton, Florida, told a parent, “not everyone believes the Holocaust happened.”
The email emanated from Spanish River Community High School principal William Latson. It was sent in response to an inquiry from a parent about how the school will be teaching the Holocaust.
Latson replied, “The curriculum is to be introduced but not forced upon individuals as we all have the same rights but not all the same beliefs.”
The mother was somewhat stunned. She sent a follow-up email to see if Latson really meant what he had just emailed.
What he responded with was even more shocking.
“Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened,” he wrote. “And you have your thoughts but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs so they will react differently.”
In 1994, the Florida legislature had passed a law requiring school districts to incorporate Holocaust education as part of public school instruction. The state’s educational statutes require that topics like these be taught “using the books and materials required that meet the highest standards for professionalism and historical accuracy.”
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