A Georgia principal says he was fired for praying at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meeting. Dr. Michael Lehr served as the principal of Manchester High School for three years before he was given notice that his contract would not be renewed.
Christian News Network reports Lehr had filled in to a lead a FCA meeting only two days before he received the notice of termination.
Lehr says he did not receive a reason for the termination and could not think of another reason that he would be fired.
“We’re all kind of baffled by the decision,” Lehr told a local TV station. “The superintendent has heard me pray at meetings before. She’s been beside me when I cite Scripture at graduation. Her own board meetings begin with prayer.”
Students and parents have expressed their concern that Lehr would be fired for praying at a meeting that was not held during school hours.
Parketn Angila Waddell said, “I want prayer in this school. I am proud to see our football team take a knee and pray before and after games. And also in clubs. We’re just shocked.”
Superintendent Carol Lane refused to comment on the personnel matter. She told reporters, “I’m sorry that I cannot provide you with any information. Possibly at a later date.”
Publication date: May 4, 2015