Dmitry Goygel-Sokol

A teacher fired by an American school after he gave a Bible to one of his students has been given his job back.

Walt Tutka, a substitute teacher at a New Jersey school, happened to quote Matthew 20:16: “So the last will be first, and the first will be last” to the student.

When the student repeatedly asked to see where the verse came from, Tutka gave him a Bible of his own.


Tutka was first suspended, then eventually fired from his job following a vote by the board of the unnamed school.

First Liberty Institute, a religious liberty organisation, supported him in his case.

It filed an official complaint on his behalf to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC ruled in Tutka’s favour and found that the school district had discriminated against him on the “basis of religion and retaliation”.

Mission accomplished

After more than three years away from teaching, a final resolution was reached last week.

The Phillipsburg School District agreed to a settlement which allows the teacher to have his job back.

Hiram Sasser of First Liberty Institute said: “We are really pleased we accomplished the mission we set out to achieve”.

“We always knew Walt complied with all school district policies and federal laws, the EEOC agreed, and now Walt is returning to his service to the community in Philipsburg”, he added.

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SOURCE: The Christian Institute