MACON, Ga. – A gun raffle for a Georgia high school soccer team has the criticism of former students.
Some former students of the Dodge County High School suffer after learning via Facebook that 30 guns were raffled off in September to benefit from the soccer team, the Telegraph of Macon reported . The organiser of the lottery said they are trying to raise money to help with uniforms and feeding the children on the outside of the city.
The organizers believe the raffle is a great idea, but alum including Crystal Velasquez and Lena Smith Countries are against.
“I was a sort of last of, the boldness of everything, especially in this day and age,” Nations said.
Velasquez thinks that the school does not need to be associated with the gun raffle. They spoke out about a Dodge County cheerleader booster group is selling T-shirts that displayed the phrase, “In Dodge County we stand for the flag, kneel before the cross. That is the Indian pride.”
Dodge County school superintendent Michael Ward said the booster group voluntarily stopped selling the shirts after a call on social media and on the political impact on the debate arising from the NFL players kneel in prayer during the national anthem.
“We are the so-called liberals speak out about a T-shirt, of course, I plan to speak out,” said Velasquez. “It is so many weapons at one time.”
The rules of the lottery is that the winners must pass a background check.
In the lottery, and 1,000 tickets will be sold at $30 per piece. Each ticket has three numbers, and the winners will be chosen on the basis of the Georgia Lottery Cash 3 daily drawing.
If the same Money, 3 numbers are chosen more than once between Sept. 1 and 30, a ticket holder can win multiple weapons.
Lottery organiser David Bush has two sons in the football program. He said that he thought that the gun raffle is a fundraiser for the boys and girls organizations.
“Trying to raise money to help with uniforms and feeding the children on the out-of-town travel, anything outside of peanut butter and jam sandwiches, and work on the practice fields,” Bush said. “It seems to be a positive thing, the people I spoke with.”
M&M Gun and Pawn in Eastman will allow winners to swap or upgrade a weapon if they pay the remaining amount, according to the rules listed in the contest.
Ward, who is in his first year as superintendent of Dodge County schools, said most school systems do not have a policy to deal with the actions of outside groups. He said guns were left on the shelves of students’ cars in the parking lot when he was a teenager.
“Things have certainly changed since I went to high school,” he said.
Information from: The Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com