New Jersey Substitute Teacher Fired for Giving Student a Bible
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- 2013 Jan 17
New Jersey's Phillipsburg School District Board has suspended a longtime middle school substitute teacher, Walter Tutka, for breaking two district policies -- handing out religious literature on campus and not being neutral when talking about religious material – when he gave a student a Bible, WORLD News Service reports. According to CitizenLink, the incident started last September when a student came to school late and Tutka, who was standing by the door of the building, said, "The first shall be last, but the last shall be first." When the student asked about the quote, Tutka said it came from the Bible. Later, the student asked more questions about the quote, and Tutka had his Bible with him, so he showed the student the verse. Then, after the student said he did not have a Bible, Tutka gave him his. The board made its decision on Monday, but Tutka and the Christian law firm Liberty Institute are considering an appeal or other action so he can keep his job.