The Unaka High School football booster club is refunding tickets to a raffle for a Smith and Wesson rifle.
Superintendent of Carter County Schools Dr. Kevin Ward says the school’s football booster club organized the raffle.
After looking into the school’s policy, Ward says he reached out the booster club.
The club is now refunding the raffle tickets.
Head football coach, O’Brien Bennet, posted a comment to our story on Facebook and said:
I am the head football coach at Unaka and we were instructed to refund the money due to a raffle being classified as gambling in Tennessee. Of course, we had no intention of violating the law. We will most certainly comply with all state laws without issue and in the future ensure all proper paperwork is filed. We emphasize “Attention to detail” to our kids every day and, in this case, we failed to keep to our own mantra. We will use this as a teachable moment for our young men and women to grow and to understand the “why” we continue to emphasize what may seem like “little things”. The law is the law, regardless of who did what before. We made a mistake and we will model how to own it without excuse, learn from it, and then move on. Then on Monday, we will be right back at it with an outstanding group of kids who work their tails off building a program our community can continue to be proud of.