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N.C. Elementary School Criticized For Raffling Off Rifle

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The grand prize being offered at a raffle for a North Carolina elementary school is coming under fire. Lucama Elementary is raffling off a rifle at Fun Fest, its September school fundraiser. Conservation organization Delta Waterfowl Foundation has agreed to donate the gun. Delta Waterfowl is selling tickets for the rifle because it was decided that it would not be appropriate for students and parents to sell tickets.

"The principal went to the superintendent since it was an unusual request, and it was approved just as long as the parameters were met that the gun wouldn't be on campus and students couldn't buy or sell the tickets," said Amber Whitley of Wilson County Schools.

Some parents are not happy about the CVA Optima Muzzleloader being raffled off at all.

"It's a gun. A gun is a gun," said parent Sonya Bullock. "If I would have known, I wouldn't be selling tickets for my girls."

Parent Tim Langley agrees.

"With everything that's been going on, it does seem a little inappropriate," he said.

Others have differing viewpoints, ABC Local reported.

"I still don't think it's a big deal," said grandparent Carol Pate. "The kids need money, funds have been cut. When they're coming to the parents and grandparents for money, some of them don't have it because they're only working for minimum wage and it's tough."

The county is sticking with its decision.

"We understand it's an unusual prize," Whitley said. "We've got some concerned parents, but there are also parents who are in support of it. It's important to remember this is a community that clearly understands the distinction between responsible gun ownership and gun violence."

As of Thursday, Delta Waterfowl had sold 300 tickets at $5 each.

Sources: ABC Local, WRAL