Pennsylvania School Board Tells The NRA To Take Their ‘Dirty Money’ Grant And Shove It

The National Rifle Association has become such a toxic brand that a Pennsylvania school board voted to reject a nearly $5,000 grant for its rifle team with two school directors calling it “blood money,” The Morning Call reports. In recent years, according to an analysis by the Associated Press, the NRA gave $7.3 million to hundreds of schools. During today’s political and moral climate, though, accepting money from the gun lobby is a risky move.

On Mondy, the Stroudsburg Area School Board voted 6-2 to reject a $4,730 grant from the NRA.

Even though Stroudsburg High School had never received this grant before, members of the rifle team applied for it. Two students who spoke to the board before the vote said that their equipment dates from the 1970s and sought to get the grant.

The meeting was apparently heated, with some parents applauding the board’s decision, and others became visibly upset.

“This is dirty money,” Director Alex Reincke said before the vote was taken, adding that he loves hunting and the rifle team, but thought it was not acceptable to receive the NRA grant. Parents applauded Reincke’s comments.

“I’m just curious, when you say dirty money, what makes it dirty?” Director John Jakobsen asked Reincke.

“I didn’t want to bring national politics into this but unfortunately we have no choice,” Reincke said. “The NRA is a group that has transformed from a bunch of people who liked hunting in the ’50s to something that quite frankly is a hateful, divisive group that seeks nothing but to push guns on people.”

After a back and forth between board members, Director Tameko Patterson said, “It’s not just dirty money, it’s blood money.”

“I am fully in support of the school board funding the rifle team,” parent Kate Bullard said. “But when I look the kids in the eye, I can’t condone having money from the NRA.”

Following the massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida which left 17 people dead and 17 others injured, the surviving children have challenged the NRA, politicians, and are now taking part in motivating people to vote. Over 800,000 people attended the March For Our Lives protest in Washington, DC over the weekend, the rally which was organized by children who are tired of growing up in a climate where active shooting drills are necessary.

The NRA and its spokeswoman Dana Loesch have been put on notice. Tick tock.

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