Gun raffle raises $7K for Lucama school
Posted September 13, 2013
Lucama, N.C. — 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.