Naiya Galloway, a 31-year-old teaching associate at a private school in Dubuque, Iowa, is alleged to have told a classroom of students last October that the novel was racist and “should not be taught in schools”, according to the Des Moines Register.
The next day, according to the report, she described the book as racist again while on a school bus, and is said by school officials to have “voiced objections to the book on numerous other occasions”. Galloway was planning to quit her job, according to the local paper, but the alleged incidents led the school to sack her. A public hearing, at which she denied all the allegations about the book, saw a judge reject her request for unemployment benefits as well as take on claims about the novel’s contents.
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