Toby Price, a former assistant principal at Gary Road Elementary School in Byram, Miss., testifies during an appeal hearing at the  Hinds County Public Schools administrative office building in Raymond, Miss., regarding his dismissal after reading the children's book, "I Need a New Butt," by Dawn McMillan, Monday, March 28, 2022. Price is appealing his dismissal.

The Hinds County School Board met Thursday evening in closed session to determine whether to reinstate an assistant principal fired last month for reading a children’s book about buttocks to students.

The board has not yet announced whether it reached a decision or what decision it reached behind closed doors, saying the results will be sent to the employee’s attorney.

Toby Price, who worked at Gary Road Elementary School in Byram, was terminated March 3 for reading “I Need a New Butt!” to second graders over Zoom. The book has a recommended reading age of 6 to 10 by its publisher. 

Board members received and reviewed a hearing report, transcripts and exhibits to decide whether to uphold the decision of Superintendent Delesicia Martin to fire Price or amend her decision.

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