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Rutgers Students Support Driver Who Alleges Firing Over Prayer

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Fox News-- Just weeks after a Minnesota bus driver was fired for leading middle-school children in a daily prayer, students at Rutgers University are rallying for the reinstatement of a campus bus driver who says he was pushed to resign over prayer.

Driver Stan McNeil aspires to become a Christian pastor and says he placed his hand over a woman in a wheelchair and asked God to heal her. First Transit, the company he worked for, told him afterward they no longer needed his services. 

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They said we dont do that here," he added, noting that the company has warned him in the past for similar prayers. McNeil also said officials told him that a video recorded on the bus of the prayer showed that he did not use the proper number of straps to secure the disabled student.

First Transit said the company respects McNeils religious beliefs, but said he chose to resign for a safety violation, which they did not elaborate on, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

"This case is about safety, which is a core value of First Transit, spokeswoman Stephenie Creech said in a statement. "Unfortunately, a full internal review revealed that Mr. McNeil had failed to follow a critical safety protocol that was cause for immediate termination. When advised of his violation, Mr. McNeil chose to resign."

Students have since rallied for McNeils cause on social media sites, including posting videos of his sermons on YouTube and Facebook. A petition on Change.org calling for McNeils job back has garnered nearly 6,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

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