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Donkey basketball sparks controversy at Lake Schools

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LAKE TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A donkey basketball game fundraiser at Lake Local Schools has caused major concern and controversy.

Superintendent Jim Witt has received thousands of emails protesting the event. People are concerned that the fundraiser sends the wrong message to the students and the community.

The fundraiser has been held for several years. Money raised goes toward funding the school's prom. The game involves participants getting on the back of donkeys and playing basketball. Protestors say this is a form of bullying.

One message Witt received said:

"Please don't use donkeys for entertainment. Maybe another tornado should come through and rip your building apart again. Then you won't be harming any animals."

Witt said he didn't expect such a negative response toward the event because the school has been doing it for years.

"We don't believe that we're doing anything that puts animals at risk or in harm's way," he said. "Most of us are pet owners around here, we don't think it's sending the wrong message to our kids."

Will also said they are going to make an assessment after this year's games to see if they should continue the fundraiser.

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