NEW BRUNSWICK – Bus company officials say Stan McNeil lost his job for violating safety rules, but the popular Rutgers University bus driver says it was because of a prayer for a student in a wheelchair, according to a Star-Ledger report.
In a video posted on YouTube, McNeil offered his explanation for his job loss. “They didn’t accept the fact that I laid hands and prayed on one of the students,” he said. “I prayed for the lady… Remember I told you, I said ‘this lady she’s gonna get a miracle. She’s gonna end up walking. And I still believe that. But I put my hands on her and prayed and they said ‘we don’t want you to do that. We don’t need your services anymore. We don’t do that here.”
First Transit, an Ohio contractor that manages the campus bus service, released a statement saying that they respect McNeil’s religious beliefs and his rapport with students. “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.”
Some Rutgers students are using social media sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to campaign for McNeil to regain his job. An online petition at Change.org has more than 4,000 signatures.
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