Students sell gun raffle tickets for booster club, raising parents’ ire

Students sell gun raffle tickets for booster club, raising parents’ ire

A Glock 9mm pistol is seen in a file photo from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Courtesy photo Booster clubs often ask high school athletes to sell popcorn, cookie dough or other items to help raise money to help offset the costs of sports programs. 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. The weapons offered as prizes by the Cedar Cliff Colts Football booster are: a Gen 5 9-millimeter Glock 19, a 9-millimeter Springfield Hellcat, a 9-millimeter Smith and Wesson 2.0 Pro Series, a 12-gauge semi-automatic Radical MKX-3, and a .30-06 Savage Axis 2 Overwatch. The prizes include a shotgun that looks like an assault-type rifle. 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. “In such poor taste,” she said, the sale was announced during National Suicide Prevention Week. “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 […]

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