Football players at Pennsylvania high school sell gun raffle tickets for booster club, raising parents’ ire

Football players at Pennsylvania high school sell gun raffle tickets for booster club, raising parents’ ire

Booster clubs often ask high school athletes and their families to sell popcorn, cookie dough or other items to help raise money to help offset the costs of sports programs. Families of football players at Cedar Cliff High School this year, however, were asked to sell raffle tickets where five out of 10 prizes were guns, raising concerns by some parents at the Cumberland County school. The idea of raffling off weapons raises multiple concerns for Daina Thompson, a mental health professional and mother of a 14- and 11-year-old in the district. “I cannot support something that is potentially putting guns in more homes of the teenagers I see, knowing the stats,” Thompson said. “They clearly didn’t consult a mental health professional in this.” The high school football program has an annual obligation of about $50,000 a year. The booster club’s email to Cedar Cliff parents said the club has sold “pride cards,” meat and gift card raffle tickets in the past but wanted to do something new this year. If a raffle winner prefers not to accept a gun, they can get a $200 prize instead, according to the booster club’s email. Tickets were distributed to football players Sept. 9, and winners were scheduled to be announced Oct. 29 during halftime of the Cedar Cliff-Mifflin County game. The school district, however, has since declined the booster club’s request to use school property to announce the raffle winners. The booster club is not obligated to receive district approval for […]

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