Newsweek. The principal of a high school in New Orleans, Louisiana, has rejected an offer of free meals for teachers from Chick-fil-A in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
Dr. Steven Corbett, principal of Lusher High School, said he turned down the free lunches from the fast food chain as some of its staff members are LGBTQ.
In a statement, seen by 4WWL, Corbett also said the fast food chain’s values do not align with the school’s.
“Out of respect to our LGBTQ staff, we have chosen to not serve Chick-Fil-A at an employee lunch,” Corbett said. “The #1 rule at Lusher is to ‘Be Kind’ and we live this motto every day.
“Chick-Fil-A has been politically outspoken about its views, and we feel it is not part of Lusher’s culture of kindness and community.”
Corbett reiterated his reason for rejecting the offer in an interview with WDSU.
“We made the decision to support our staff members who are LGBTQ and other supporters,” he said.
“We felt that any time an organization is anti-LGBTQ, and has efforts to infringe upon their rights, we thought it was important to support and stand up for their community at this time.”
The free meals offered by Chic-fil-A are one of a number being provided to the Orleans Parish school district by the College Football Playoff Foundation (CFPF) to thank New Orleans for hosting the Sugar Bowl and College Football Championship.