Lusher High School in New Orleans, Louisiana turned down a free lunch from Chick-fil-A offered to their teachers, "out of respect for our LGBTQ staff," the school's principal, Dr. Steven Corbett, said.
The top U.S. fast food chain's stance on same-sex marriage doesn't match with the school's values, according to a statement made by Dr. Corbett to 4WWL.
"Out of respect to our LGBTQ staff, we have chosen to not serve Chick-fil-A at an employee lunch. The #1 rule at Lusher is to 'Be Kind' and we live this motto every day," Dr. Corbett said. "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.”
Chick-fil-a through the years
Chick-fil-a through the years
UNITED STATES - 2008/09/01: Chickfila fast food restaurant. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)
(cm ) BZ22CHICK_CM03 Chick-fil-A Inc. president and COO Dan Cathy, son of the chain's founder Truett Cathy, sounds the trumpet while visiting one of his franchises in Littleton, 9976 W. Remington Place, on Monday, April 20, 2009. Later in the week on Thursday, April 23, Cathy will help open the 1440th nationwide franchise at 4090 River Point Parkway in Sheridan. Cathy an avid trumpet player belted out a happy birthday rendition to customers who were visiting the Littleton restaurant. Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post (Photo By Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Chick-fil-A team member, Lierin Patterson, loads up orders at the restaurant near Southlands Mall in Aurora recently. The ReturnMore company had partnered with this Chick-fil-A, presenting flyers with a QR code on them, right, that once scanned on a smartphone, will connect you to the Chick-fil-A facebook page and will then offer coupons for special discounts, in this case, a free sandwich. Andy Cross, The Denver Post (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
A man packs up a tent in the parking lot before the grand opening of the Chick-fil-A Inc. restaurant in Costa Mesa, California, U.S., on Thursday, April 26, 2012. 100 lucky customers who camped out for over 24 hours received coupons good for a year's worth of free meals. Costa Mesa's first Chick-fil-A restaurant is one of 96 locations the chain plans to open across the country in 2012, creating nearly 7,000 new jobs according to the company. Photographer: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A Chick-fil-A logo is seen on a take out bag at one of its restaurants on July 28, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. Chick-fil-A, with more than 1,600 outlets mainly in the southern United States, has become the target of gay rights activists and their allies after president Dan Cathy came out against same-sex marriage last week. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)
A Chick-fil-A restaurant August 1, 2012 in Manassas, Virginia on Chick-fil-A Day of Appreciation. The ongoing controversy over an interview with Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy has grown during the past two weeks and now involves an Appreciation Day, to be followed by a counter-Appreciation Day and a 'Kiss-in.'' Comments by Cathy over same-sex marriage went viral, and several entertainers, musicians and politicians condemned Cathy for being 'hateful and bigoted.' AFP PHOTO/ Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)
A man carries he drink outside a Chick-Fil-A fast food restaurant in Hollywood, California August 1, 2012. Thousands of Americans turned out Wednesday to feast on fried chicken in a politically-charged show of support for a family owned fast-food chain which opposes same-sex marriage. Long lines and traffic jams were reported throughout the American heartland after 630,000 people declared on Facebook they would take part in a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
CHICAGO - JANUARY 12: Chick-fil-A restaurant, in Chicago, Illinois on JANUARY 12, 2013 (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
An original chicken sandwich and waffle fries are arranged for a photograph at a Chick-fil-A Inc. restaurant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014. The U.S. economy grew more rapidly in the fourth quarter than previously estimated as consumer spending climbed by the most in three years, showing the expansion had momentum heading into this years harsh winter. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 2: The interior of Chick-Fil-A, a day before its opening, on 37th Street and 6th Avenue, on October 2, 2015 in New York City.. The fast food chicken restaurant is set to open its first store in Manhattan. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
The Chick-fil-A mascot rides an elevator during an event ahead of the grand opening for the restaurant in New York, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Chick-fil-A, the Southern chicken-sandwich chain that has drawn both controversy and copycats over the years, has finally arrived in New York. The company will open a 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter), three-level restaurant in Manhattan's Garment District that will be the chain's largest location in the nation. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 2: The exterior of Chick-Fil-A, a day before its opening, on 37th Street and 6th Avenue, on October 2, 2015 in New York City.. The fast food chicken restaurant is set to open its first store in Manhattan. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
A employee picks up a fried chicken sandwich during an event ahead of the grand opening for a Chick-fil-A restaurant in New York, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Chick-fil-A, the Southern chicken-sandwich chain that has drawn both controversy and copycats over the years, has finally arrived in New York. The company will open a 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter), three-level restaurant in Manhattan's Garment District that will be the chain's largest location in the nation. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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The free Chick-fil-A was offered to employees of the high school by the College Football Playoff Foundation, which plans to treat several Orleans Parish schools to lunch as a way to thank the community for hosting the Sugar Bowl and College Football Championship.
According to Tony Fay with the CFPF who also spoke with 4WWL, the organization will provide the Lusher High School teachers with lunch from another restaurant instead.
In 2012, Chick-fil-A's chief operating officer Dan T. Cathy made public comments against same-sex marriage, which followed reports that the WinShape Foundation, operated by the chain's founder S. Truett-Cathy, had been donating millions of dollars to anti-LGBT political organizations. Since then, Chick-fil-A has actively tried to separate its political beliefs from its business, but its associated foundation still continues to donate to causes categorized as anti-LGBTQ.
Chick-fil-A secret menu items
Chick-fil-A secret menu items
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
This is simply the Spicy Chicken Sandwich plus the signature Zesty Buffalo Sauce. You end up with a crispy buffalo chicken sandwich that’s loaded with dill pickles chips, and it’s delish!
The Spicy Char, which is a grilled version of the Spicy Chicken Sandwich, is one of the most famous of Chick-fil-A’s secret menu items. In fact, this one is most likely available just by asking for it by its full name: the Spicy Char-Grilled Chicken Patty.
Fried Chicken Club
So the Spicy Char is the grilled version of a fried sandwich, and the Fried Chicken Club is the fried version of a grilled sandwich. It’s a tasty twist on the classic Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich. If it’s not available by name, ask for fried chicken instead of the grilled patty in your usual Club sandwich.
Chicken, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
The regular menu includes a Chicken, Egg & Cheese Bagel, but you can also ask for it on a biscuit to make a buttery Chicken, Egg & Cheese Biscuit.
Spicy Chicken, Egg & Cheese Bagel
If your local Chick-fil-A has Spicy Chicken during the breakfast shift, you’ll be in luck! This sandwich is well-known enough that you can ask for it by name.
Chicken on Anything at Breakfast
We’ve heard from Chick-fil-A employees and former employees that because chicken is on the chain’s breakfast menu, you can customize pretty much any breakfast sandwich by adding chicken. For any locations that (secretly) have Spicy Chicken during the breakfast shift, make that a Spicy Chicken plus the Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit!
Bacon on Anything at Breakfast
You also can customize pretty much any Chick-fil-A breakfast sandwich by adding bacon. Hello, Hash Brown Scramble Burrito with Bacon!
Seeing a trend? You can pretty much ask for anything that’s on the menu to be added to anything else, and if it’s not too complicated, and your server’s not too busy, there’s a good chance you’ll get exactly what you want. Woo!
For a no-meat meal, the bun from any sandwich can be toasted with sliced cheese. Think you might want pickle chips, lettuce and tomato, too? Order a Chick-fil-A Deluxe, hold the chicken.