School Report - School Raffle Concerns Some

1 decade 3 years 10 months ago Monday, November 28 2005 Nov 28, 2005 Monday, November 28, 2005 1:42:57 PM CST November 28, 2005 in News

Hoops, hi-fives, and hunting are a way of life in Harrisburg. Every year, Harrisburg seniors hold a raffle to fund their senior trip. Three dollars gets you a shot at this years hot raffle item: A gun. It's a 50-caliber black powder muzzleloader and anyone can buy a ticket.

"If you're trying to keep school shootings out of schools, then don't sell a gun at a school, I'm amazed it's legal," said Harrisburg parent Joy Brooks.

It is legal. Missouri state law says only that a student is subject to suspension or expulsion if they bring a weapon to school. It says nothing about selling a gun at school through a raffle or any other means.

"It's illegal to have weapons on school property so how can it be legal to sell a firearm to a minor on school property."

Harrisburg Principal Janice Rehak doesn't see a problem."Well, I think that you can buy a gun at Wal-Mart if you're 18, can't you," Principal Rehak asked. "I don't think [it's different in a school setting], I really don't because really because the purpose here is for our kids and its a fun activity, it's a good time."

Brooks and others say allowing the raffle makes it tough as parents.

"Parents are trying to convince the kids that we should separate the guns and the weapons from schools, but then as parents were raffling a gun at the school, it just doesn't set a very good example for the kids," Harrisbug parent Lonnie Jones said.

While some parents raise concern over the raffling of a gun in a high school setting like this one, others we talked to say it's not that big of a deal, they say it's just a part of culture here in the small town of Harrisburg.

"I really don't think its a big issue because we do have a lot of hunters around here and I think it's a high interest raffle item in this area, they're just trying to raise funds," Harrisburg parent Jane Sublett said.

"Even though it's a raffle, it's raising money for the kids, it's great, it's wonderful, but there are a thousand other things they could raffle...a thousand other things."

Principal Rehak says the school took steps to make sure a minor wouldn't get the gun. If a minor won the gun, an 18-year old would have to pick it up. Brooks says there's no way of knowing where the gun would end up.

"If a minor bought that raffle ticket, a minor could go get any 18-year old to claim the gun for them, any 18-year old, that does not mean the parents are going to know that their child has that gun," Brooks said.

And in light of recent school shootings, she fears for her child's safety.

"The school shooting, they have the attitude that it won't happen here, this is Harrsiburg, but the reality is, it could happen anywhere," Brooks said.

Despite the debate, the principal raffled off the gun at half-court during a junior high boys basketball game. Something many say is just a part of life for Bulldog fans.

Students had to sell $20 worth of tickets in order to go on the senior trip. One of those students won with a ticket she "bought" from herself. She doesn't want the gun. So she's selling it to someone who does.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Tiger fans, the Border War is back. Missouri and Kansas have agreed to play... More >>
25 minutes ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 8:28:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
LOUISIANA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Transportation has apologized for posting an edited photo that cropped out a... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 7:14:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A vote by the Columbia City Council Monday night will decide if school resource officers have another job... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 6:34:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An attorney for a Missouri group pushing to expand access to voting argued in... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 4:19:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
CALIFORNIA — California police chief Shane Templeton has announced he will resign from his position on October 31. This... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 3:42:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone Hospital Center was recognized Monday for a fourth consecutive Magnet® recognition. Magnet is the highest honor... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 2:52:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department said Monday people should be wary of someone spoofing the department's main... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 2:22:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. — A clinic quietly constructed in southern Illinois to meet demand for abortion services by residents... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 12:09:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
FULTON - U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer is pushing for legislation that could offer more mobile mammogram services to rural communities... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 10:34:00 AM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors filed formal charges against Cameron White, 19, on Monday, charging him with second degree murder and armed... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 10:18:00 AM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- According to Missouri KidsFirst, almost one in ten kids will be sexually abused by the time they are... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 7:37:00 AM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Attorney General Eric Schmitt is set to host four senior safety presentations in October. The presentations,... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:43:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - More than 600 people and 11 sponsors gathered in Cosmo Park for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 4:53:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — David Cover, a co-pastor at The Crossing, addressed the controversy over last week's sermon by fellow co-paster... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 4:03:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police arrested a man on multiple charges after the shooting of a 13-year-old boy Saturday night. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 1:15:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - One person was transported to the hospital in relation to a weapons offense Sunday morning, according to... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 11:27:00 AM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Children in St. Louis have been the victim of homicides at 10 times the national rate... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 19 2019 Oct 19, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:34:54 PM CDT October 19, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is reversing his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 19 2019 Oct 19, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:19:49 PM CDT October 19, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 54°
9pm 52°
10pm 52°
11pm 51°
12am 50°