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8th Grader Jailed For NRA Shirt At School

April 19, 2013 by  

An eighth grader in West Virginia got suspended and arrested last week for wearing an NRA shirt that depicted a hunting rifle underneath the words “protect your right” to school and then refusing to take it off after being confronted by a school official.

Jared Marcum, whose record was spotless before the incident, now faces two charges of obstruction and disturbing the education process — whatever that means in Logan County — even though his contention that he never bore an aggressive or violent demeanor during the argument isn’t disputed by the school.

The school, Logan Middle, doesn’t prohibit gun imagery in its dress code. Marcum and his father, Allen Lardieri, say the faculty member in question is essentially violating Marcum’s 1st Amendment rights by censoring what he can say about his 2nd Amendment rights.

“I never thought it would go this far because, honestly, I don’t see a problem with this — there shouldn’t be a problem with this,” Marcum said.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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