Chick Fil A

In this file image, a chicken sandwich with waffle fries is pictured at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant.

(Meredith) -- A high school principal in New Orleans is making headlines after he declined a donation of free Chick-fil-A lunches for the school's teachers.

Steven Corbett, the principal of Lush Charter High School, told WDSU he declined the free lunches from Chick-fil-A out of respect and empathy for the LGBTQ community.

Chick-fil-A is regularly criticized for its controversial stance on LGBTQ issues.

Corbett sent an email to the school's staff explaining his decision and said teachers would still be provided a free lunch from a different restaurant.

"Anytime 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," Corbett told WDSU.

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