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REPORT: Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims Broward School Superintendent Candidate Keith Oswald Hindered Investigation Into Holocaust Denying Principal

A whistleblower lawsuit filed in December 2021 alleges a Broward School superintendent finalist tried to cover up remarks denying the Holocaust made by a Boca Raton high school principal. On Tuesday, the Broward County School Board named four finalists to replace Robert Runcie. Last year, a grand jury indicted Runcie on a perjury charge for testimony given in a school district investigation. Keith Oswald, chief of wellness and equity for Palm Beach County schools, is one of the finalists.

Apparently, Ray And Associates, a Cedar Rapids headhunting firm assisting the Broward School Board, failed to notice Robert Pinkos v. The School Board Of Palm Beach County Florida lawsuit filed on December 23, 2021.

In 2018, Latson came under fire for an email sent to a parent. In the email, Latson said, “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 was fired (twice) by the School Board. Last week, Latson appealed his firing to the Florida Supreme Court.

As first reported by Boca News Now, Pinkos alleges Keith Oswald and other Palm Beach School Board officials tried to stymie his investigation into Spanish River High School principal William Latson.

According to the suit, human resources investigator Robert Pinkos was limited in his ability to investigate Latson’s anti-Holocaust comment by other officials who feared Pinkos’ investigation would implicate senior school leaders. Among the claims: Deputy Superintendent Keith Oswald, Human Resources Chief Gonzalo LaCava, Professional Standards leader Vicki Evans-Pare, Instructional Superintendent Dr. Glenda Sheffield, and others attempted to cover-up or ignore the comments, then mitigate fallout by attacking Pinkos, reassigning his work location, and disciplining the investigator for workplace issues that never took place. Several senior school district officials also allegedly treated Latson like a hot potato: throwing the controversy to other administrators while claiming it wasn’t their own problem to deal with.

The whistleblower lawsuit just filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court additionally makes the stunning claim that Deputy Superintendent Keith Oswald knew about the comments for months before they became public, then looked for a loophole —suggesting that Florida permits educators to question whether the Holocaust was real.

“Mr. Oswald continued by explaining that the study of the Holocaust was a State mandate but there was also an “opt-out” provision in State Statute that not many people knew about. Mr. Oswald stated that although he knew of the Holocaust comments for several months, it was incumbent upon the South Regional Superintendent, Dr. lan Saltzman, to have notified HR of the wrongdoing.

You can read the full report here.

How did Ray and Associates and the Broward School Board miss a finalist’s role in a high-profile case in a neighboring district?

Did Oswald advise Ray and Associates and the Broward School Board about the lawsuit?

Does anyone use Google?

More to come….

Sun-Sentinel Fails To Identify “Parent” As Broward Young Democrat President In Article Bashing Governor Ron DeSantis Over School Mask Mandates

It is no surprise that Monday morning visit to Fort Lauderdale by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis triggered yet another negative article from The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The report blasted DeSantis for defending kids returning to school across Florida despite the prevalence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. “Kids need to be in school,” DeSantis said.

While Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature outlawed mask mandates late last year, the Broward School Board voted on Friday to require visitors and vendors to wear face masks. The Sun-Sentinel report includes quotes from Broward parents who sent their children to school on Monday. One parent was Nancy Fry of Coconut Creek.

“‘I sent my kids today, but with KN95 masks,’ said Nancy Fry, whose two children attend Tradewinds Elementary in Coconut Creek. ‘However, drop-off was not nearly as crowded as usual for that time. I’m unsure if it’s people just being off schedule or staying home, but it was noticeable.’”

The Sun-Sentinel uses Fry to signal to readers that parents can still send kids to school wearing masks. Also, Fry’s quote hints that parents may be keeping children out of school due to risks from Omicron.

But Nancy Fry is no mere parent providing anecdotal evidence to the Sun-Sentinel. Fry is a longtime political activist as well as the president of the Broward Young Democrats. Fry is the aide to Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Steve Glassman, a Democrat.

Today’s story is not the first time Nancy Fry appeared in the Sun-Sentinel to push a Democrat Party narrative.

In August 2019 Nancy Fry made two appearances in the pages of the Sun-Sentinel. An August 20, 2019 story about gun laws described Fry as a “volunteer with Moms Demand Action.” Two days later, Fry penned a letter to the editors describing “code red” drills in her son’s school.

An October 18, 2019 report on “gun safety laws” referred to Fry as an “activist with Moms Demand Action.”

In August 2021, the Sun-Sentinel simply described Nancy Fry “of Coconut Creek” in a report on mask mandates in Broward schools. Photographs of Fry and her daughter were featured in the report. One day later, the letters to the editor section once again featured photographs of Fry and her daughter.

Did the Sun-Sentinel simply forget to mention Fry’s activism to its readers?

Did someone at the Sun-Sentinel determine that Nancy Fry’s leadership role in the Broward Democrat Party was not relevant information.

Did the Sun-Sentinel even try to find a “civilian” parent that would toe the anti-DeSantis line?

Nancy Fry is very big on mask mandates imposed on the regular people of Broward. But when it comes to Democrat leaders, Fry appears to be part of the masks-optional crowd.

HYPOCRITES?

On December 5, 2021, Nancy Fry posed maskless with elected Democrat officials like Nikki Fried and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at the Leadership Blue conference in Orlando.

Nancy Fry and Nikki Fried
Nancy Fry and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

On December 8, 2021, Nancy Fry appeared maskless with elected Democrat leaders such as her boss Steve Glassman at the Dolphin Democrats Christmas party at The Dalmar in Fort Lauderdale.

On December 12, 2021, Nancy Fry and her two children appeared maskless at a Moms Demand Action event at a local park.

The next day, Nancy Fry went maskless at the Broward Young Democrats holiday party in Oakland Park.

Nancy Fry and Steve Glassman

Sure, the BYD invite stated a vaccination card or negative test was required to attend the party. But in an abundance of caution in the middle of the Omicron surge, shouldn’t these Democrats lead by example by wearing a mask?

Perhaps the Sun-Sentinel should talk to some real Broward County parents instead of political operatives and narrative pushers, no?

Maskless Broward Teachers Union President Parties With Rapper Kodak Black On Saturday, Then Scolds Governor Ron DeSantis About Mask Mandate In Sun-Sentinel Editorial.

Anna Fusco scolds Governor DeSantis

It was a star-studded weekend for Broward Teachers Union (BTU) Anna Fusco. On Saturday, Fusco and Broward School Superintendent Vickie Cartwright partied with rapper Kodak Black and other politicos in Margate. Even though both women are staunch mask mandate supporters, neither Fusco nor Cartwright wore masks at the dedication of a recreational facility.

But the Broward hypocrisy parade didn’t stop there. On Sunday, the Sun-Sentinel published an editorial by Fusco scolding Governor Ron DeSantis over his fight against Broward Schools’ mask mandate.

Fusco wrote, “Governor DeSantis needs to pause his partisan fight against masks so that all Florida school boards can require masks for kids and educators.

Fusco declared, “It’s a simple formula: Masks+ Vaccinations= Healthier Schools!

If the formula is so simple, why did Fusco and Cartwright attend a large gathering without masks? What if the Margate event becomes a “super spreader event?”

They were mask free on Saturday. Hundreds of people attended the Margate event. Proof of vaccination was not required. Yet Cartwright and Fusco walked the red carpet to snap pics with a rapper.

Back in July, Fusco and Cartwright wore masks in Facebook video welcoming Cartwright to Broward.

Was this all for show?

Did Fusco and Cartwright get tested on Sunday?

Are Fusco and Cartwright in quarantine?

Are two of Broward’s top school officials interacting with staff, educators and kids this Monday?

How can Cartwright and Fusco continue to scold parents, students and politicians who reject their mask mandate push?

Will the Sun-Sentinel add a note to Anna Fusco’s hypocritical editorial?

Anna Fusco & Kodak Black
Broward School Superintendent Vickie Cartwright on red carpet with Kodak Black.