16717794-mmmainThe Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that a New Jersey school district violated the rights of a substitute teacher when it fired the man for giving a middle school student his Bible during the lunch period. As previously reported, Tutka, a longtime substitute teacher for the Phillipsburg School District, was placed under possible disciplinary action in 2012 after it was discovered that he had given his personal copy of the Bible to a student at Phillipsburg Middle School. Tutka states that one day in October 2012, while the students he was overseeing lined up at the door to be dismissed for lunch, he commented to the last student in line, “Remember, the last shall be first.” He explained that over the next few weeks, the student asked several times where the saying came from, and approximately the seventh time, Tutka pulled out his personal Bible and gave it to the student as a gift. However, upon learning of the incident, the Phillipsburg School Board claimed that Tutka violated school policy. The matter was discussed during a board meeting in November 2012, where a number of area residents showed up to support the substitute teacher. More