After a controversial and disrespectful comment was made from a former principal of Spanish River High School in Boca Raton pertaining to the Holocaust, Senator Rick Scott (R) made calls for William Latson to be fired because there is “no excuse for anti-Semitism of any kind.”
“I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee,” Latson said. “Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened,” Latson added.
In response, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) has joined a bipartisan effort of lawmakers to introduce the Never Again Act, which will support Holocaust Education in the United States.
Commenting on the necessity for there to be education on the horrors of the Holocaust, Senator Rubio expressed that “the Holocaust is humanity’s darkest hour, and we must never forget the stain it has left on history.”
Furthermore, Senator Rubio detailed that “incredibly, there are still some who deny the existence of the mass murder of six million Jewish people or, even worse, wrongly manipulate the horrors of the Holocaust to score cheap political points in today’s partisan climate.”
He asserted that “it is our duty to ensure that future generations know the history of the Holocaust in its entirety, so that the millions of innocent lives lost will never be forgotten and that the evils of anti-Semitism will never be repeated.”
With the legislation, a federal fund at the Department of Education would be established, which would be the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund. It will finance grants that will assist teachers in developing and improving Holocaust education programs for both middle and high school students. In addition, the funding will cover training for educators, textbooks, transportation for survivors to be brought to schools and numerous educational materials that will present historically accurate information on the Holocaust.