Richfield resident George Nathaniel is a pastor at Elite Church of the First Born and for Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis, in addition to working as a bus driver.
Durham initially received a complaint from the Burnsville district about the prayers. The company reassigned Nathaniel to two new routes. He continued to lead prayers, and Durham sent him a separation letter Oct. 30.
Nathaniel believes his firing is a violation of his freedom of speech, but a series of Supreme Court cases have established that it’s unconstitutional for any representative of a public school to lead students in prayer.