8th Grader Jailed For NRA Shirt At School


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.

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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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  • JimH

    What was the schools motivation to ask Jared to remove his shirt?
    Would the school ask someone to remove a Sierra Club shirt?
    If the shirt didn’t violate any of the schools dress code, why did they single him out?
    Another testimony for home schooling.

    • Martin

      I agree with you the schools are teaching are youth that the NRA is evil guns are evil and our founding fathers were terrorist.

  • Vigilant

    A word to Mr. Bullard: “arrested” and “jailed” are two different things. None of the internet sources I googled said anything about the young man being jailed.

    • disqus_9k4Iee7cic

      When you are arrested, you are put into a cell and then booked! It’s part of the arresting process…. google that!

    • vicki

      It would appear that if you are arrested you are taken into custody and it is customary to take you to jail therefor “jailed”.


    • Martin

      No all he did was wear a shirt and because it happen to have the NRA printed on it which by the way was started in 1919 as a way to teach proper gun handling and to not shoot innocent people is now being demonized by the government that needed and wanted to know gun safety and the proper use of firearms the founding fathers 2nd amendment knew what it was like to be ruled by a tyrannical government
      Do you just in case you didn’t realize it our government is getting more tyrannical every day taking away rights and teaching our children that the founding fathers were terrorist