Calling all Florida PJTN Watchmen to join Laurie at Palm Beach School Board Hearing!
We need all PJTN Watchmen in Florida to join me in West Palm Beach this coming Monday, Nov. 2nd!
We need you to add your voice to the demand to permanently remove the Florida "Holocaust-denying Principal" from the state's educational system.
What can you do?
- Show up in person on Monday, Nov. 2nd and join me at the school board meeting in West Palm Beach. If you would be available this coming Monday at 9:00 AM ET and would like to reserve 1 minute of podium time before the Board to express your support of William Latson’s dismissal, please email me at [email protected] before 1:00 PM ET this Friday, October 30th. PJTN is compiling a list of “Watchmen” who will come in person and speak to the Board. We will submit our list of committed PJTN participants through the official channels to reserve your time and will confirm this back to you on return email.
- Leave a voice message for the Board to be played at the Monday morning meeting. Limit your comments to 1 minute, state your name, and your concerns over William Latson’s future ability to influence the education of Florida children! The deadline for recorded comments is this Friday, Oct. 30th at 5:00 PM ET. Your message will be played at the Monday meeting. Number to call (561) 684-5103. Remember to state your name and that you are a concerned PJTN Watchman.
- Email the Board. You can send an advance email to [email protected] that will reach all seven members of the Palm Beach County School Board. Please have your email sent by 5:00 PM ET this Friday, October 30th.
- Show up to show your support—with signs! Those who don’t pre-register to attend the actual Board Meeting can bring a sign and show your support to local media and citizens with a street rally. The meeting is being held at the Fulton Holland Educational Center, 3300 Forest Hills, West Palm Beach.
This is our last public forum meeting in which PJTN can add our voice of concern and outrage over the reinstatement of William Latson, who incurred international scorn from his position as principal at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton for his refusal to acknowledge the Holocaust as a historical event. The story reached worldwide attention, led in great part by a press campaign launched by PJTN demanding his immediate removal. My exact quote at the time for media: “This anti-Semite should not be allowed anywhere near a school—PJTN is calling for his immediate removal, not reassignment!” He was officially terminated by school system officials last October.
Latson is now officially back on staff within the Palm Beach city school system—complete with the hefty reward of $152,000 in back pay and never a hint of an apology for blatant antisemitism. Despite the outcries of the local Jewish community, the school board caved to the threat of ongoing legal battles.
Not only is he in violation of state law, but when an educator is incapable of defending documented history—he has crossed the line and has become a threat to our children, our communities and the future of this nation. His actions legitimize the outrageous claims by marginalized groups that the Holocaust didn’t happen or wasn’t as bad as history claimed.
Not on our watch! We will again engage the media. This time from a stronger vantage point as PJTN’s educational task force has been given the opportunity by the Florida State Department of Education to present and define Holocaust guidelines for materials to be taught within Florida schools. It is both a tremendous mandate and honor and one that will assure Florida will lead the nation in Holocaust education.
The existence of an educator like Latson is not acceptable. If a principal can do what he did without permanent ramifications in Boca Raton, a community with a large Jewish population, it can be done anywhere. It is time to draw a line in the sand to combat this threat to our communities and to the educational future of America’s children.
As our Holocaust survivors and our World War II veterans leave us, it is incumbent upon all future generations to ensure that the atrocities of the Nazis are accurately communicated to our future children and their children’s children. Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it—and how can they learn if we are not faithful to teach?
Please go to our homepage at PJTN.org and let me know you are behind us on the “Taking Back America’s Children” campaign! Share the video on all your media platforms—we must get the word out to the masses. With less than two weeks until the most important vote in our lifetime—learn the issues and vote your values—from the top of the ticket to the bottom! ALL politics are local—your city and state officials will mandate the quality of your future and that of your children…
Please respond to this email and let me know PJTN can count on you to help us deliver a resounding “NO!” to Holocaust denial next Monday in Florida!