Dr. Michael Lehr, Georgia Manchester High School principal said says he was fired for leading volunteer prayer meeting

A Georgia high school principal claims he was fired after he prayed with a group of students during a volunteer Christian meeting.

Dr. Michael Lehr said he just wants the facts to come out and that he’s relying on his faith to get him through this.

Several students and parents who spoke to reporters said they were outraged this happened to what they call a kind, dedicated, well respected man. Now, the community is rallying behind him.

“It is breaking our hearts its breaking our hearts… because it is not supposed to be like this,” one parent said.

Last Wednesday, during a volunteer Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting, the Manchester High School principal said he filled in for the organization’s leader and read scripture as well as prayed with students in attendance.

“Because this is a Christian community and I want my daughter to pray,” said another parent.

Dr. Lehr who did not want to speak on camera said he had his annual evaluation two days later with the county’s school superintendent. He says at that meeting, Superintendent Carol Lane put him on indefinite administrative leave for the remainder of his contract which expires in June for leading prayers at the FCA meeting. 

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