A New Jersey substitute teacher was fired after he reportedly gave a Bible to a student, according to NewJersey.com.
According to a complaint he filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Walt Tutka was working as a substitute teacher when he told a struggling student: “The first shall be the last and the last shall be the first.”
He goes on to say that the student “repeatedly” inquired about the origin of the quote. Eventually, Tutka told him it was from the Bible. He then asked the student if he had a Bible. When the child said no, Tutka reportedly gave him a copy of his Bible.
Aside from being a substitute teacher, Tutka is also a member of Gideon International — an Evangelical Christian organization known for distributing Bibles on college campuses.
Tutka explains that on Oct. 18, he was informed by Superintendent George Chando that he was being recommended for termination because he gave the student a Bible.
After he was let go, Tutka fought the termination. He appealed his case to EEOC, which found that the Phillipsburg School District did violate a religious discrimination law.
"The EEOC thoroughly investigated this matter and found that Walt Tutka is a victim of religious discrimination and retaliation and should receive justice," said the director of litigation for Liberty Institute in a press release.
Tutka is hopeful that this means he can soon be working back in the classroom.
"I am so thankful that the EEOC has sided with me after finally reviewing my case,” he told reporters, “and I look forward to a positive resolution with the school district that allows me to return to serving our nation’s most valuable resource, our students."