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Hand gun raffle triggers high school insignia scuffle

A booster club for a high school wrestling team was asked to stop using the Battle High School insignia after it tried to raffle off a handgun.

A booster club for a high school wrestling team on Thursday was asked to stop using the Battle High School insignia after it tried to raffle off a handgun.

A group called the Phalanx Wrestling Association was selling raffle tickets to support the wrestling team. The raffle offered a number of prizes through Bass Pro Shops, including a handgun. Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said The district does not allow raffle ticket sales for any school sponsored events. She said the group was not affiliated in any way with the district. Baumstark said CPS has asked the group to stop using the Battle High School insignia on its flyers.

Several Columbia residents said they found the raffle unsettling. Felicia Rateliff said it would have been better to simply raffle off gift cards.

"You wouldn't be getting into that handgun territory because it is more controversial," she said.

Phalanx Wrestling Association president Julie Shea acknowledged she had spoken with the district about the raffle but declined to comment further.

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