A New Jersey substitute teacher has been fired after giving one of his students a Bible.
Last October, Walter Tutka cited a Bible passage to a student who was last in leaving the classroom. “So the last will be first, and the first will be last,” he quoted. The student was reportedly curious about the statement, and Tutka finally showed him the passage in his Bible.
When the student responded that he had never seen or owned a Bible, Tutka offered his book which the student accepted but later returned.
Now, the teacher is in the hot seat for his actions, as the district prohibits employees from handing out religious literature and from discussing religious references in schools.
Tutka has now been suspended from the list of approved substitute teachers until the end of the year. Some supporters argue that the punishment was harsh, considering the Bible was a gift and was not forced on the class.