Assistant Principal Reads ‘I Need A New Butt!’ To Second Graders, Gets Canned

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A Mississippi elementary school assistant principal may not actually need a new butt, but he does need a new job.

The person in question is Toby Price, the former assistant principal at Gary Road Elementary School near Jackson. He was fired after reading a children’s book entitled, “I Need a New Butt!” to a class of second graders.

Price told the New York Times he was merely trying to find something fun to read, with the idea that kids are more prone to read fun stuff. Otherwise, he suggested, they may not read at all.

“We have a lot of reluctant readers,” Price told the Times. “I am a firm believer that reluctant readers need the silly, funny books to hook them in.”

Later that day, the school placed Price, 46, on leave. Two days after that, they sent his butt home for good.

“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,” Price said.

The book includes drawing of cartoon butts, and even uses the word “butt” and “fart.” It was published back in 2012 and marketed as a children’s book. But the school, clearly, was not a fan.

“I just think that, you know, this was a pretty harsh reaction. I’ve been in education for 20 years. I’ve never had a disciplinary anything put in my file and I didn’t for being late. So I was blown away,” Price said.

Butt, it seems, that’s just the way it goes. Hopefully, he will see a crack of light in his search for a new gig.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. Obviously, in this day and age the book was probably inappropriate to read to second graders. But, to get fired for it! Also, was this book in the school’s library? If so, it had to have been approved by someone or some committee at a point in time.

    • As a resident of Mississippi, I can assure you that very few “educators” in the Jackson Public School System posses the literacy to read such a high-level book as “I Need a New Butt.”

      The Jackson Public School System is simply a place to condition the “students” to be goods inmates after “graduation.” No real “education” goes on there.

  2. Public School is child abuse. If you think you can’t afford private school (or better, homeschooling), then your priorities are out of whack.

    Parents wonder why their kids come home commies… lol.. It’s like I was told once: If you send your kid to Rome for 12 years, don’t be shocked that he speaks Italian when he comes home.

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