An assistant principal from Byram, Mississippi was fired after reading a children's book to a group of second graders.
Toby Price, of Gary Road Elementary School, was let go after reading I Need A New Butt, a book with a recommended age range of 6 years to 10 years, by New Zealand author Dawn McMillan.
In a March 7 Facebook post, Price confirmed his firing, saying he was terminated for "reading an awesome book to kids."
"Was recently fired for reading I Need a New Butt, to students."
"It’s a funny silly book. A book that kids love."
When asked about the incident, Price said:
“I didn’t think twice about reading it because I’ve never had an issue with it before."
“There are other books that have much more suggestive material that are much more widely accepted.”
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People familiar with the book were surprised by the school's reaction.
Price said his termination came "without warning."
Price said to WJTV News:
"I was very upset, I'm not going to lie."
"I did what I could to dry my face up."
Meanwhile, Joe Dillard, the former assistant principal's attorney, suggested this is a state-wide problem in Mississippi.
"There is a problem in the state in particular with respecting the rights of teachers to speak out."
Price is set to appear in a public hearing before the school board to appeal his termination.
Price set up a Go Fund Me to help his family with rent, food and legal bills.