A planned raffle of an AR-15 rifle to raise money for a graduation party for Batesville High School was scrapped after the principal raised questions. KARK reports.

Timing was just a little off, you know. A private group was raising the money.


BHS Principal David Campbell says he didn’t know about the rifle raffle until Monday afternoon. Campbell says he felt the gun was in bad taste, especially considering it was the same weapon used to gun down 17 people at a high school in Parkland, FL less than a week ago. Upon hearing about the AR-15 giveaway, he immediately called the parents on the fundraising committee and asked them to nix it.

“In light of recent events, and in light of school safety, I would not endorse a gun as a fundraiser item,” Campbell explained. Campbell says the parents and the fundraising committee only had good intentions but speculated they had not fully thought out the implications of the gun giveaway. 

Some other assault rifle fund-raisers around the country have gone forward since the Florida massacre.