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‘A Victory For Common Sense’: Charges Dropped Against Teen Who Wore NRA Shirt To School

July 1, 2013 by  

‘A Victory For Common Sense’: Charges Dropped Against Teen Who Wore NRA Shirt To School
SCREENSHOT
Jared Marcum was immediately suspended following the T-shirt incident.

More than two months after 14-year-old West Virginia student Jared Marcum wore a National Rifle Association T-shirt to Logan Middle School, criminal charges stemming from his refusal to take off the shirt have been dropped.

Logan County Circuit Judge Eric O’Briant dismissed a charge of obstruction last Thursday, following an agreement struck with prosecutors and school faculty that there was no point in creating a criminal record for Jared, whose behavioral record as a student was previously unblemished.

(Side note: It took two months for adults to reach that conclusion?)

Prosecutors had been forging ahead in the case as recently as Monday of last week, when Jared was summoned back into court after the State had requested a gag order against both Jared and his father, Allen Lardieri, who had appeared on several television stations discussing the case.

Prosecutors had claimed the order was for the defendant’s own protection, but defense attorney Ben White found that a risible argument, saying it was simply a PR move designed “to take it [the case] out of the court of public opinion.”

Jared was immediately suspended following the T-shirt incident, during which he continued talking about how his 1st Amendment rights were being violated after band teacher David Burroway, who evidently wasn’t too keen on the 2nd Amendment, told him to stop arguing about changing shirts. But the then-eighth-grader’s persistence in voicing his beliefs incurred an obstruction charge.

Upon his return to school, Jared’s fellow students signaled their solidarity by wearing their own NRA T-shirts to class, with no opposition from school administrators.

“I think, with the gun issue, with what is going on, this is a victory for common sense,” White told WOWK-TV after the charges had been dropped. Jared’s parents have indicated they will file a civil suit against the school system.

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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  • http://Joey.mimweddings.com/Blog Joeydg

    His parents ought to sue whoever kicked him out and pressed frivolous charges. That’s a lot of money and effort just to use the education system to make a liberal political statement – to push that agenda.

    • http://Facebook John Catanio

      There’s nothing frivolous about this . A civil rights violation should always be addressed with the upmost urgency!!!!

      • Michael

        Civil rights, unfortunately, these days ONLY apply to certain groups! White males, especially those that speak their support of the second amendment, have pretty much lost civil rights. Forget about your first amendment rights. If you say, write, or wear something that isn’t “PC”, or “offends” someone, you can be accosted, harassed, even physically attacked without repercussions for the attacker. Yet, if a “protected” group says, writes, or wears something offensive, even racist, inciting, calling for violence or illegal activities, or just plain foul then it’s their RIGHT or their “CULTURE”, and nothing can, will, or won’t be done about it. ALL because we’ve let our rights be stripped from us! What are YOU, WE, going to do about this, before it actually IS TOO LATE???

  • polar

    Judge should have forced the school and police force to publicly apologize!!

  • http://Facebook John Catanio

    It was my understanding that this young man was subjected to a physical removal from the school!
    Between the fact that his first amendment was violated twice!!
    Once for not removing the shirt and then arresting him for making verbal objections to the first violation .
    This is a serious violation by the state.
    I feel a large compensatory settlement is owed to this young victim!
    If he had a gay pride shirt on , or shirt promoting Obama he never would have been bothered!
    I pray the family doesn’t let this fall by the wayside!

  • kim

    File the suit so tired of this crap!!!!!! Common sense has left all the politians if you don’t have money to give them they won’t listen they are all a bunch of educated idiots it is suppose to be we the people …… They all are taking advantage of us so file the suit… And hurray for this young man !!!!!

  • kim

    I also want to add these prosecutors should start being held accountable for the things they do wrong no one should be above the law no one their have been countless people accused punished for things that they haven’t done and put in prisons and so it’s about time to put a stop to this abuse of power !!!!!

  • http://lckypnny1.wordpress.com lckypnny1

    What courage, faith & integrity this young man possesses! If only more people would be true to themselves & our country!

  • Ben Marianno

    That young man has more integrity than 99% of the politicians and teachers. That’s called being a Leader

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  • Jeanine

    Excellent Jared and all his supporters. Rosa Parks would have been proud of you!

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