Donations Pour in for Rifle Team After School District Rejects NRA's 'Dirty Money'
A Pennsylvania high school rifle team is being flooded with donations from local businesses and residents after its school district voted to reject a National Rifle Association grant.
The Stroudsburg Area School District's board voted 6-2 Monday to reject the $4,730 grant, the Allentown Morning Call reported, with one board member calling it "dirty money."
The president of a local contracting company, upset by the decision, spearheaded a fundraiser in which several businesses bundled more than $6,000 to replace the grant money.
Nine local businesses came together to raise more than $6,000 for Stroudsburg rifle team. Superintendent Curry said he's thankful for the donations to help team. 21 kids are on rifle team.
— Jackie Palochko (@JPalochko) March 28, 2018
Brian Winot's group of local business donors put out a press release criticizing what they called the politicization of the situation.
"[The business owners] are all members of the NRA and strongly disagree with the school board’s decision and further attempt to politicize guns in this country, on the backs of our kids," the business owners stated.
On top of that, a Democratic state lawmaker set up a GoFundMe campaign so that the rifle team would be funded without help from the NRA.
"We have students organizing marches in Washington [and] all around this nation crying out for their lives. God forbid anything happens in this school, how are we going to feel about taking that money?" said State Rep. Maureen Madden (D-Tobyhanna).
— Britni Michaels (@BritMichaelsTV) March 27, 2018
The funding call brought in more than $5,000 in the past few days.
According to an AP analysis, about 500 U.S. schools received more than $7.3 million from the NRA from 2010 through 2016 to promote the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp, rifle teams and hunting safety courses.