The dismissal of the Mississippi Assistant Director for reading a humorous children’s book to students, I need a new ass!was supported by his school district.
The book describes a boy who is trying to find a new bottom after seeing a “crack” on his current bottom, making him fear that it has broken.
In March, Toby Price, assistant principal of Gary Road Elementary School in Hinds County, Mississippiwas fired after reading a book to 240 children in a Zoom session.
Price was summoned to the district industrial complex and told that he was being sent on vacation.
У letterthe superintendent called the book “inappropriate” because it “describes examples of different colors, shapes and sizes (for example: refractory, bulletproof, bomb-proof).”
“The book contains statements and cartoons concerning the anatomy of the body, body functions and the removal of clothing to expose private parts of the body in various positions,” – the district. said.
Price was fired two days after he was accused of violating the code of ethics for Mississippi educators. He filed an appeal. But on Monday, lawyers told him the dismissal was upheld.
In a report reviewed by the Washington Post, the county said, “Mr. Price’s contract should be terminated because of his incompetence, disregard for duty and good cause.”
According to the report, two board members voted in favor, one against and two abstained.
Price, who has worked for 20 years as an educator, plans to appeal to the Mississippi clerical courts. If that doesn’t work, he plans to refer his case to the state Supreme Court.
“When it’s over, it’s over,” he told the Post.
“We expected this part to happen, but at the same time it doesn’t make it any easier,” he said, adding: “It’s still stinging.”
GoFundMe companies launched to support Price and his family raised more than $ 125,000. Price said he turned down job offers outside the state.
His dismissal has sparked a flurry of criticism from freedom of speech advocates, who say it could have a devastating effect on students and faculty, especially as conservative orders infiltrate schools in the United States.
In Hinds County, 21% of residents live below the poverty line.
“We have a lot of reluctant readers,” Price said The New York Times added: “I firmly believe that reluctant readers need silly, hilarious books to hook them.”