Principal rejects free Chick-Fil-A lunch for teachers to support LGBTQ staffers

Principal says he turned down free Chick-fil-A to support LGBTQ individuals. (Photos: Getty)
Principal says he turned down free Chick-fil-A to support LGBTQ individuals. (Photos: Getty)

Turning down anything free isn’t easy. And free Chick-fil-A? Even tougher with their new macaroni and cheese and famous chicken sandwich. However, for a Louisiana charter school, declining the offer of complimentary lunch from the fast-food chain was an easy decision.

Recently, Lusher Charter School was offered gratuitous Chik-Fil-A lunches for its teachers from the Louisiana College Football Foundation, but principal Steven Corbett turned down the donation “to support our staff members who are LGBTQ,” noting that the chicken-centric company has infringed upon LGBTQ individuals’ rights.

“The number one rule at Lusher is to ‘Be Kind’ and we live this motto every day,” Corbett said in a statement, WWL-TV reports (Yahoo Lifestyle has reached out for comment and will report if we hear back). “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.”

Dan Cathy, the son of Chick-Fil-A's founder and its current CEO, has been criticized in the past for his homophobic comments and views on gay marriage. Cathy has also been called out for donating millions of dollars to groups that openly push anti-LGBTQ agendas. According to Vox, in 2010 alone, Cathy donated more than $1.9 million to anti-gay groups, including Marriage and Family, a group that opposes gay marriage and divorce, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an athletic organization that requires those who apply to sign a "sex purity statement" to condemn their perceived notion of the LGBTQ community living an "impure lifestyle."

Reactions to Corbett’s decision are mixed.

Many supported the move on Twitter.

On Facebook, Brandi Lotz wrote, “Setting a great example to his students.” Alyisen Gisleson, a self-described proud parent of 3 Lusher graduates, said, “thanks, Mr. Corbett!”

Stephen Harrell was also in the questioning camp, sharing: “Don’t you think teachers have a rough enough time without denying them a generous offer of gratitude.” Ruth Necaise offered a diplomatic opinion reminiscent of Ellen DeGeneres saying, “Everyone has opinions, but kindness should not be denied.” Jennifer Post Genaro called the situation ridiculous, adding, “Accept a gift with thanksgiving and praise. Very rude to the foundation that paid for the food.”

According to WDSU, Corbett emailed staff letting them know his decision and that they would be provided another free lunch.

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