BURNSVILLE, Minn. - A self-proclaimed pastor says he was fired from his job driving a school bus after repeatedly leading student passengers in prayer.
George Nathaniel was recently dismissed from his position driving school bus for Durham School Services, a company that contracts with the Burnsville Public Schools.
Nathaniel admits he led students in prayer on a number of occasions and was issued warnings by the company, warnings he chose to ignore. After continuing to pray with students he was dismissed October 30.
Durham School Services/National Express Corporation public relations manager Molly Hart confirmed the dismissal in a statement Wednesday. It reads:
"It is Durham's policy not to discuss individual employment decisions in the media. As such, we decline to comment publically on the circumstances surrounding Mr. Nathaniel's termination. The company does not have a specific policy on the subject of prayer."
In a 1962 case, the Supreme Court ruled that it's unconstitutional for public schools to encourage or lead students in prayer, and a series of court decisions since then have broadened the ban on school prayer to include prayers led by any representative of a school.
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