Substitute teacher Walter Tutka was fired by the Phillipsburg, New Jersey, school board Monday night for quoting a line from the Bible to a student.
Tutka, while in Phillipsburg Middle School, quoted the Bible saying, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last” to a student who was last in line leaving the classroom. The student asked Tutka where the statement was from and inquired about it seven times, Tutka said at a school board meeting in November. Tutka used his own personal copy of the New Testament in order to show the student from where he quoted the saying….
During the public comment portion of the meeting, eight people called on the board to retain Tutka, including Joe Imhof, who accused district officials of overreacting, especially when considering that Tutka showed the student the Bible during lunchtime, outside the the course of classroom instruction.
According to the Western New Jersey News, from which I’ve been quoting,
Just moments before the Phillipsburg Board of Education voted Monday night to terminate a substitute teacher who showed a student a Bible, a sudden downpour of rain could be heard hitting the roof of the middle school meeting area.
Was there some sort of message to be gleaned from this meteorological event? The answer comes down to one’s personal point of view.
Maybe it does, but maybe it doesn’t.