A Pennsylvania school board has rejected a nearly $5,000 grant from the National Rifle Association, The Morning Call newspaper reports.
The money was to be used for the rifle team at Stroudsburg High School. But the Stroudsburg Area School Board voted 6-2 against accepting the $4,730 grant, according to the newspaper.
“This is dirty money,” school board director Alex Reincke said before the Monday vote. “I didn’t want to bring national politics into this but unfortunately we have no choice. 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.”
The Associated Press said the NRA has given more than $7 million in grants to hundreds of schools in recent years.
The Broward County school district, which includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting, is believed to be the first to stop accepting NRA money.
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