West Lafayette, In. — A 120-year-old tradition at Purdue University has been abruptly closed by school officials. The Purdue Rifle and Pistol Club has been evicted from the campus armory following a claim of lead poisoning by administrators.
On the group’s Facebook page the post was made:
“While they claim it is about lead contamination, we have heard opposing stories from Purdue facilities, REM, and others that points to the Club and teams being an unproven symptom where our expulsion won’t fix the problem,” the post said.
Group leaders have made a plea to university president Mitch Daniels that included a legacy of competition and success over more than a century. The letter also expressed concern over the removal of banners and signage around the facility.