CBS Los Angeles reports, Sept. 11, 2014, that a high school principal in Ventura County in southern California, has barred a booster club from selling a popular Chick-fil-A sandwich on campus because of the chain’s position on gay marriage.
Val Wyatt, the principal of Ventura High School, told the Ventura County Star that the football booster club could not sell Chick-fil-A sandwiches at Wednesday’s back-to-school night because the restaurant’s beliefs could offend some students and their parents: “With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on campus.”
The club helps pay for everything from food to uniforms for the players and does not charge students to play football.
Ventura High School’s football booster club expected to raise about $1,600 for the school’s football team as the Ventura Chick-fil-A restaurant had volunteered to donate the 200 meals, after having already donated $21,000 to Ventura schools.
Every principal has the discretion to invite community groups or businesses onto their campuses.
Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Trudy Tuttle Arriaga defended Wyatt’s action, saying: “We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus and all of our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission.”
Chick-fil-A’s owner S. Truett Cathy, who recently passed away, was known for his conservative Christian beliefs. His son and now-president of the company, Dan T. Cathy, holds the same views as his father on homosexual marriage. In 2012, then-Chairman of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, publicly denounced homosexual marriage, telling the the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.”
Note: The Left, being known for their peace-loving bleeding hearts, celebrated Truett Cathy’s death. See DCG’s post, “NO H8? S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A founder, dies.“
Student Graham Wallace says he agrees with his principal’s decision: “There are gay kids that go to our school, and for them it might be kind of weird.”
Parent Michelle Cisneros, however, does not agree. Cisneros and her daughter say they were so outraged by the principal’s decision, they complained to the school officials. Puncturing the principal’s and superintendent’s lie of “inclusivity” and “diversity,” Cisneros said: “Everybody is embraced. And Chick-fil-A should have been allowed to be here.”
Chick-fil-A is not being banned from donating, however.
That means Principal Wyatt and Superintendent Arriaga are rank hypocrites.
Here’s contact info:
Trudy T. Arriaga, Ed.D
Superintendent, Ventura Unified School District
255 W. Stanley Avenue, Suite 100
Ventura, CA 93001
Principal, Ventura High School
Phone: (805) 641-5116
I searched in vain on the net for a pic of Val Wyatt, who has a bare-bone profile on LinkedIn with 0 connections. Interestingly, the website of Ventura High School has disabled the link to its “Campus Photos.” If you click that link, you are brought to a blank page with the word “Whoops!”
But I did discover that Val is short for Valerie. Val Wyatt is a woman.