Raffles, along with bake sales and sponsored runs, are mainstays of the classic fundraiser, yet most of us are used to boxes of chocolate or soap collections as the top prize.
This was not the case in the town of Titusville, Florida, however, where a set of parents decided to offer up a semi-automatic rifle.
Flyers advertising the eyebrow-raising reward have been widely shared on social media, with users baffled by the inappropriate move.
The raffle was the brainchild of a parent-run organisation linked to a local school, working to raise money for post-graduation activities.
Astronaut High School has spoken out against the fundraiser, insisting the efforts of the Project Graduation programme had nothing to do with them.
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"Project Graduation is not a school-based organization and Astronaut High School nor Brevard Public Schools receive any funds or benefits from the program," Russell Bruhn, chief strategic communications officer for Brevard Public Schools, toldToday.
"The school district has no affiliation with Project Graduation."
As a result, school officials have told members of Project Graduation that they must remove "Astronaut High School" from all flyers promoting the raffle.
"We were made aware that Project Graduation has a raffle where the prize is a gun," Bruhn said.
"We understand that this is a sensitive subject and we want to remind our community that this raffle is not being run through Astronaut High or Brevard Public Schools."
Frighteningly, this is not the first time a school the US has seen gun raffle controversies.
In September 2019, an elementary school cheerleading league in Ohio asked student to sell raffle tickets for an AM-15 optic ready semi-automatic rifle.
Not sure what's worse: thinking it's OK to have kids raffle off an assault rifle, or the fact that this has "been a… https://t.co/0jxheNhD1e— Tim Wise (@Tim Wise) 1566578570
In 2018, a political committee in Washington decided to remove an AR-15 rifle from an upcoming auction because it was the same type of weapon used at a mass shooting in Florida the week before, which left 17 people dead.
Eastern Wash. group decides it will not raffle AR-15 rifle at fundraiser: https://t.co/t6gMuaH4wk https://t.co/LPnjC1oPT6— KOMO News (@KOMO News) 1519179000
And there are plenty of other examples:
LSF Fundraiser / Rifle Raffle. Help us by retweeting this benefit! More details at http://t.co/xbLxbnzNc0 #veterans http://t.co/nu5J68agNr— AR15.COM (@AR15.COM) 1440094767
Bixby youth baseball team sells raffle tickets for AR-15 rifle as fundraiser http://t.co/zY2hwisz1q http://t.co/r3y4QtObHJ— The Oklahoman (@The Oklahoman) 1423942227
My nephew's 14u baseball team in Tennessee is selling raffle tickets for a 20 gauge rifle as a fundraiser...— 𝑩𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒏 𝑫𝒖𝒅𝒂𝒔 ⚾ (@𝑩𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒏 𝑫𝒖𝒅𝒂𝒔 ⚾) 1366080155
I saw today on FB that a relative is selling raffle tickets as a fundraiser for their kid's ball team. The raffle i… https://t.co/xCsPneqKEZ— emily mcbride (@emily mcbride) 1510778911
We like our raffles to feature gift cards, bottles of wine or even just a packet of biscuits, not weapons. Thanks.
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