Missouri Third-Graders Sell Raffle Tickets For AR-15 Assault Rifle, School Principal Supports
Third-graders are selling raffle tickets for an AR-15 assault rifle to benefit their 9-and-under baseball team in Neosho, Missouri.
The same type of assault rifle was used to kill 17 people — teachers and students — at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Levi Patterson, the coach the baseball team, told The Kansas City Star that he considered finding a different raffle item after the mass shooting in Florida, but decided to “turn it into a positive thing” after “getting the hate.”
The Florida gunman killed 17 people and injured 14 with an AR-15 in six minutes.
Patterson said donations have poured in as criticism about the assault rifle raffle has increased:
Gun raffles have been going on for years. Evil has and will always exist. Our hearts break for those involved, and we do not take that lightly.Patterson took to Facebook to fire back at the “concerned group” critical of the raffle.
Patterson insisted the third-graders were selling raffle tickets for the deadly weapon by their own choice:
We appreciate your “concern” but please understand, we are not, have not, and will not force one of our boys to sell raffle tickets for the Black Rain AR15 Spec 15, if they are uncomfortable doing so.
Lee Woodward, the principal of South Elementary School in Neosho, encouraged raffle ticket purchases to support the “9u Neosho baseball players, coaches, and parents.”
(Source: The Kansas City Star)