Target: Wilson County Superintendent, Sean Bulson
Goal: Condemn Lucama Elementary School’s decision to use rifle as raffle contest prize
A hunting rifle was donated as a prize for a fundraiser for the Lucama Elementary School in North Carolina. Donated by a nonprofit organization that promotes waterfowl hunting, the district’s Superintendent, Sean Bulson, stated that as long as the gun remains off of school property, that they would gladly add it to their fundraiser. Thankfully, no students will be able to purchase or sell tickets for the raffle. However, advertising a hunting rifle prize in conjunction with an elementary school fundraiser is in poor taste and should not be allowed.
Many citizens in Wilson County do not seem to mind, claiming the town is a hunting and farming town and that it is part of their culture. There is definitely opposition to the school’s stance, however, with several families stating that had they known a gun were going to be placed as a prize, they would not have supported the fundraiser. Whether hunting is a part of town culture or not, the advertisement of a rifle as part of a fundraiser for an elementary school is rather inappropriate, especially when considering the tragedy of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
By signing the petition below, you will condemn Lucama Elementary School officials for allowing the advertisement of a hunting rifle through an elementary school system. Due to reoccurring public shootings, we need to prevent our children from receiving mixed messages while our nation decides how to properly address the growing issue of gun control.
Dear Mr. Sean Bulson,
The addition of a hunting rifle to the collection of prizes for an elementary school fundraiser is in poor taste. We are well aware that the rifle will never actually be on or near the Lucama Elementary School campus in North Carolina, and that students will not be able to purchase or sell any raffle tickets.
However, our nation is in the midst of a gun control crisis as is, with public shootings constantly headlining in the news. During such a stressful time, allowing a hunting rifle to be advertised via an elementary school fundraiser promotes an inappropriate message. We condemn your decision to mix guns and a children’s public institution, and urge you to reverse your decision to allow the rifle to be offered as a raffle prize.
[Your Name Here]
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