A Mississippi elementary school teacher lost his job recently after reading a book that many local parents found offensive. Toby Price was the assistant principal at Gary Road Elementary in Byram, Mississippi. After the principal failed to show up to read to students, Price grabbed the closest available book.
Unfortunately, that decision cost Toby his job. The book he picked up was “I Need a New Butt!” Price told CNN that he has read the book to the class several times before. The story tells about a child who looks for a new butt after finding out he has a crack.
The story is minimally offensive, if at all. Toby plans to appeal the termination. There will be a hearing coming up later this month to decide his fate. Price didn’t think it was a big deal.
“Wasn’t a lot of thought put into it. I just grabbed a book that I had nearby that I knew that I loved, I thought the kids would like and read it.
They kept coming up to me and telling me how funny they thought it was.”
The book is written for children ages six to ten. This same classroom has likely read Hansel and Gretel in the past. In that book, two children get eaten. In “I Need a New Butt,” nobody dies. Time will tell if the school board sees things Toby Price’s way at the upcoming hearing.
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