It has been about two months since Toby Price was fired as an assistant principal of a Hinds County school for reading a children’s book titled “I Need a New Butt!” to second graders during a Zoom call for Read Across America Week. 

He had been appealing his termination with the school district through hearings, testimony and, most recently, an April 28 appearance before the Hinds County School Board before it went into a closed session to discuss his employment. 

On Monday while Price was watching a performance of a play his daughter wrote, he received the news about his employment in a 12-page order: the board agreed with the superintendent’s decision to fire him. 

“I was asked to read … and here we are,” Price said Thursday. “I’m just really sad. I don’t think it had to happen this way.” 



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