The school administrator was fired after reading “I need a new ass!” to students

A Mississippi elementary school vice principal was fired last week after reading a children’s book titled “I Need a New Ass!” to students.

However, the former administrator does not understand the reasoning behind his dismissal and he speaks out.

Earlier this month, Toby Price, assistant principal at Gary Road Elementary School, was fired after reading the children’s book ‘I Need a New Ass!’ to a group of sophomores.

“My boss had asked me to set up a Zoom with the CE2 classes and the principal of the school where they will be next year, and she was going to read to them. And she didn’t show up. Price said. “My boss said, ‘Go ahead and read.’ I grabbed one of my favorite books I had nearby. I read them. It’s a funny, silly book.

Price says he had read this book in previous school districts, but never heard any rejections or complaints.

“I didn’t hesitate to read it because I had never had a problem reading it before,” he said. “There are other books that have much more suggestive content that are much more widely accepted.”

According to Price’s termination letter from the Hinds County School District Superintendent, Price showed “lack of professionalism and impaired judgment” in choosing the book, and for these reasons he is fired.

3 on Your Side asked the school district for a statement about Price’s firing, but the superintendent declined to comment.

“I just think, you know, it was a pretty harsh reaction,” Price said. “I have been in education for 20 years. I never had a disciplinary sanction in my file and I did not do it to be late. So I was blown away.”

In response to Price’s situation, children’s book authors, teachers and librarians messaged and posted on social media declaring the book to be “hilarious and sweet”, “joyful and fun” and “light-hearted”. , and that the Superintendent’s decision was wrong.

Now Price hopes to reverse their decision, get her job back, and teach others that fun books are necessary in education.

“If you don’t let kids see funny and silly books, they won’t stick around long enough to find out that books can be anything other than funny and silly,” he said. “You have to hook them with the funny and silly stuff. And that’s what I’ve always done. That’s what this book was for. »

Price reportedly appealed his dismissal and hired an attorney.

Martha K. Merrill