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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Houston ISD bus drivers came together to support a coworker and to protest a move by the school district.

Several drivers were reprimanded for praying with that coworker, after she lost a child. In response to that -- they're praying even more.

At least five HISD bus drivers had write-ups placed in their files after praying on the bus radio for a coworker whose 12-year-old daughter was killed about two weeks ago. That brought out ministers on Tuesday in front of the HISD administration building. They, along with representatives from the bus driver's union and some of the drivers, prayed the disciplinary action would be reversed.

"We ask not for special favors, simply for justice," prayed Reverend Bill Lawson with the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. "And we ask that you will see to it that the jobs and the reputations of those who have been written up will be looked after and that somehow they should be fairly treated."

The union says the drivers were not suspended and they did not lose any pay. However, a note in the file could impact their ability to drive buses during the summer months.

Some of the incoming HISD board members say they plan to speak to the superintendent about the policy.

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