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School board hero's purse raises $26,000 for charity

Ginger Littleton, right, attempts to disarm Clay Duke with her purse during a school board meeting.
Ginger Littleton, right, attempts to disarm Clay Duke with her purse during a school board meeting.NBC News
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The purse used by a Florida school board member to smack a gunman has raised more than $26,000 for charity.

Ginger Littleton, of Panama City, was ordered out the room by gunman Clay Duke, but risked her life in an attempt to stop her colleagues on the board from being killed.

She sneaked back into the room and hit Duke's gun hand with the brown handbag, but failed to dislodge the weapon and fell to the ground.

Duke did not shoot her but later opened fire on male members of the board, before taking his own life after a shoot out with a security guard.

In a press conference after the incident, Littleton jokingly began to auction the purse to journalists for $50.

But, instead, she decided to sell it for charity on eBay and it went for $13,100 late Wednesday night.

Shortly after the sale, NBC station WJHG received a statement from the handbag's maker, Brahmin, saying the firm would would match that bid.

That means the charity founded by Mike Jones, the security guard who shot and wounded Duke before he killed himself, will get a total of $26,200 from the sale. The purse is from the discontinued Almond Collection and originally sold for $345.

Meanwhile, Duke's widow said she still doesn't know what triggered the shooting.

Rebecca Duke told CBS' "The Early Show" that she'll spend the rest of her life wondering what made her husband shoot at the school board members.

In the interview broadcast Thursday, she remembered her husband as gentle and compassionate man who had a good sense of humor.

She also said she felt for the people at the school board meeting.