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Lucama school's rifle raffle causes stir

Posted August 29, 2013

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— To raise money for class field trips, a Wilson County school plans to raffle off a rifle during its school carnival next month.

A member of the local chapter of hunting organization Delta Waterfowl donated a muzzle-loading rifle to Lucama Elementary School for its Sept. 14 Fun Fest.

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 in any way.

"It's an unusual fundraiser – kind of an unusual request – but at no time will this weapon be on campus," school district spokeswoman Amber Whitley said, noting that students also won't be allowed to buy or sell any tickets to the raffle.

Joyner couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.

Chris Williams, regional director of Delta Waterfowl, said he's been inundated by phone calls as word spread around town about the raffle. Many times, he's clearing up confusion over the gun, which had been advertised in some fliers as a shotgun.

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"We're in a farming community. We're a hunting community. It's the culture," William said, explaining why a school would sell a gun to raise money. "I've had the question asked to me, 'Well, why aren't you giving a TV or iPad away?' That isn't the means that we have."

Local parents were divided on the issue.

Clarence Jackson said he doesn't think it's appropriate. "Not with all the school shootings, I don't. I really don't," he said.

Karen Williams said she doesn't see anything wrong with the raffle.

"With it being an elementary school and the gun is not going to be on campus, from what I understand, I don't really have a problem with it," Williams said.

Interest in the rifle is boosting the potential haul for Lucama Elementary from the raffle. Williams said 20 $5 raffle tickets were printed up initially, but at least 300 more are being printed to meet demand.

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  • kermit60 Sep 4, 2013

    belljennifern: What about this is in any way unprofessional? Maybe they hung up on you because of your one sided mind and you needed to be dismissed. Maybe they shouldn't raffle anything because it could create future citizens with gambling problems!

  • belljennifern Sep 3, 2013

    Principal John Joyner hung up on me today when I called his office to express my concern about his decision to raffle off a gun as a PTA fundraiser. He didn't allow me to speak at all dismissing me immediately, interrupting me and asking me if I was a gun-owner. When I said, whether or not I owned a gun was immaterial to the discussion, he said that I obviously knew nothing about guns, that he was a hunter and that he knew what he was talking about. Then he hung up on me. Following the call, I called the State Superintendent, June Atkinson, and his supervisor, county superintendent Sean Bulson (who approved the decision), to complain about his lack of professionalism. Finally, I called WRAL.

    This sets a terrible example for those children and further damages the image of NC public education.

  • spunkyisbackagain Aug 30, 2013

    Thank you COPs eye and saturn5.

    I appreciate your comments.

  • saturn5 Aug 30, 2013

    Talk about hysteria. It's a **muzzle loaded** rifle. NC law classifies it as an "antique firearm" that is exempted from purchase restrictions. Stop, take a breath and switch to decaf.

  • COPs eye Aug 30, 2013

    DON'T HAVE TO BE SUGAR! ALL OF YOU ARE WRONG TO HAVE A GUN RAFFLE. APPARENTLY YOU CARE LESS FOR THE CHILDREN. DON'T CARE IF YOU LIVE IN A RURAL AREA. NO GUNS ALLOWED ON ANY SCHOOL CAMPUP. PERIOD! WOW! IGNORANCE IS PURE BLISS HERE.

    678devilish

    kids are going to be around guns, it's better that they learn how to use them responsibly.

    WOW! WHAT A RESPONSIBLE PARENT YOU ARE. PRAYING FOR THE CHILD AND THEIR SAFETY.

    678devilish

    I take my 5 year old grandson hunting every other weekend. He has been hunting with me since he was 3. He has been taught and continues to be reinforced gun safety and hunting safety so as he gets older he will know about guns, bows, crossbows etc. Some folks are just looking for reason to get worked up.

  • COPs eye Aug 30, 2013

    Report: Shots fired at Winston-Salem high school

    Betcha it wasn't a muzzle loader!!!!

  • COPs eye Aug 30, 2013

    Really! Really! Its has been said over and over....NO GUNS ALLOWED ON ANY SCHOOL CAMPUS. SO WHY DID THESE ADULTS DECIDE TO BRING A GUN ON BOARD FOR A RAFFLE? WHAT KIND OF PRINCIPAL DO THEY HAVE TO ALLOW THIS? HOW WILL THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND THE SUPERINTENDENT HANDLE THIS MATTER? THIS WAS A DUMB IDEA FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. PARENTS SHOULD BE OUTRAGED ABOUT THIS ALONG WITH THE COMMUNITY!!

    678devilish

    Really? Really? Really???? You didn't read the story did you? The gun will not be on campus. Slow down on the caffeine...all the posts you put in capital letters show you to be lil excitable. Wilson is a rural county this is not unusual for Wilson. You seem to be only person waaaaaaay up in arms about this....wow wow wow wow!!!!!!

  • spunkyisbackagain Aug 30, 2013

    Thank you RKBA!

    Nice to see you again by the way. :)

  • mj1angier Aug 30, 2013

    I would be in for 5 tickets. And before anyone starts the whole" I could be used to hurt someone" bull.- an IPad can be used to look at kiddy porn. That does not mean the IPad is evil.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Aug 30, 2013

    Wow! After all that I just have to assume 678devilish is being sarcastic trying to make the opposite point.

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