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A substitute teacher says he was kicked out of class because he gave a student a copy of the Bible. The New Jersey man is suing the school because he says the student asked him to see the book repeatedly.

According to Walt Tutka, the trouble began last fall when the student was late for class.

Tutka quoted the Bible to the student, specifically the passage that says, "the first shall be last and the last shall be first."

Tutka says the student was curious about the quote and wouldn't take no for an answer.

"Why don't you ask your parents about getting you a Bible -- that's what should have been done. He chose not to do that. He chose to distribute the Bible himself," said Barry Lynn, of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Tutka gave the student a Bible and was fired for violating a school policy banning teachers from distributing religious materials to students.

Tutka believes his work as a Gideon's Bible volunteer biased the school. He thinks he was fired for his association with that organization.

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