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Phillipsburg Teacher Fired in Bible Flap Files Complaint

A former New Jersey substitute teacher who says he was fired because he gave a Bible to a student has filed a discrimination complaint against the school district.

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Walt Tutka filed the complaint Wednesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Newark.

The complaint says that Tutka was fired by the Phillipsburg School District in January for an incident that occurred in October. Tutka says he gave the student his Bible after the student expressed curiosity about a passage Tutka had quoted.

The complaint claims discrimination and retaliation based on religion.

Phillipsburg’s school superintendent didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment Thursday.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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