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Gun raffle raises $7K for Lucama school

Posted September 13, 2013

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— A controversial school fundraiser in Wilson County raised about $7,000 for student activities.

Lucama Elementary School raffled off a muzzle-loading rifle at its Fun Fest on Sept. 14. The rifle was donated to the school by a member of the local chapter of the hunting organization Delta Waterfowl.
Many parents and community members were concerned about the message that the fundraiser was sending to the students.

Principal John Joyner obtained approval from Wilson County Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson to raffle off the gun, as long as students weren’t connected with it.

The gun was never permitted on the school property and students were not allowed to sell tickets for raffle.

“We’re in a farming community. We’re a hunting community. It’s the culture,” Chris Williams, regional director of Delta Waterfowl, said earlier this month.

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  • Pleasepostmycomments Sep 13, 2013

    chairmannc

    JoCo50 was being sarcastic!!

  • chairmannc Sep 13, 2013

    Quotes from JoCo50..."death dealing killing machine"; "these rural Wilson County youngsters have probably never seen a gun"; "asociated with a culture of violence"

    Are you kidding me? A gun is a tool, when used resposibly, can be useful and very enjoyable. I'm sure these rural youngsters have father, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, etc. that hunt and have been around firearms. And what culture of violence are you referring to? I have owned guns and hunted all my life and I'm probably the most layed back, non-violent guy you will ever meet.

    Your way of thinking is frightening, especially if you vote.

  • HockeyPlayerX Sep 13, 2013

    "Just to be on the safe side, the school board should probably close the school and build another one that hasn't been associated with a culture of violence. It's for the children." ... nice one!

  • BreBoy Sep 13, 2013

    Congratulations on a successful fund raiser!! Hope you do this again next year.

    A big thank you to the member of the local chapter of Delta Waterfowl for supporting this school in this way. He/She is a member of a fine organization, one that does a lot of good work.

    It would be a good thing if more Daddies (and Mamas) took their kids hunting, teaching them about being responsible in all things, respectful of others and nature, and putting food on the table in the process.

  • 426X3 Sep 13, 2013

    Great idea. This would never happen in the Socially advanced Wake County School System

  • wildpig777 Sep 13, 2013

    what an execellant idea for a raffle.

  • Tax Man Sep 13, 2013

    When I was in High School we had a school gun competition team! We shot .22 rifles in our gym class on campus. No one ever got hurt and none of us turned out to be criminals. Times have changed and not for the better. It is important to teach children the good of owning and using firearms and how to use them safely and how to obey the laws. I commend this school on not being dissuaded by the fools in society who believe the problem is caused by the guns when the real problem is caused by these very same people!

  • Mr Davis Sep 13, 2013

    Congrats Lucama Elementary. Bet no other fundraiser at that school raises that much money in such a short time.

  • computer trainer Sep 13, 2013

    Good for them!!

  • JoCo50 at MXR Sep 13, 2013

    Thank God the firearm was never near the students and that this death dealing killing machine never touched the campus.

    These rural Wilson County youngsters have probably never seen a gun and would panic if a muzzleloader was suddenly displayed near them.

    Just to be on the safe side, the school board should probably close the school and build another one that hasn't been associated with a culture of violence. It's for the children.

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