UPDATE: Prosecutors Not Backing Down From Case Of West Virginia Eighth-Grader Suspended For NRA T-Shirt
June 17, 2013 by Ben Bullard
A while back, we told you about a West Virginia eighth-grader who wore a National Rifle Association shirt to school and got suspended — and arrested — for peaceably refusing to take it off. He donned the same shirt on his first day back at school following the suspension, and bunch of his classmates who had in the meantime gone out and bought their own NRA shirts (evidently with support from their parents) welcomed Jared Marcum back to Logan Middle School by dressing in similar fashion. No one at the school tried to stop that show of support.
That was mid-April. Now, two months later, Jared has appeared before a judge to answer to an official charge of obstructing an officer. The 14-year-old faces a $500 fine and up to a year in jail after Judge Eric O’Brien allowed prosecutors to move forward with the case.
Police were called to the school in April, when a teacher noticed Jared’s shirt as he was waiting in the lunch line and unsuccessfully tried to get him either to turn the shirt inside out or change clothes. He chose suspension over either option, and told the police “I believe that I should have a right to wear this” shirt. Multiple reports allege that Jared never raised his voice or became combative during the incident; he just simply wasn’t going to take that shirt off.
At the time of the incident, the school’s dress code didn’t forbid the wearing of shirts that advocate for the 2nd Amendment, as Jared’s “Protect Your Rights” NRA T-shirt did.
“Every aspect of this is just totally wrong,” Jared’s father, Allen Lardieri, told WOWK-TV. “He has no background of anything criminal, up until now, and it just seems like nobody [adult] wants to admit they’re wrong.”
In a related weekend incident with national implications, there’s no word on whether this guy will face prosecution for Tweeting this inflammatory, violence-inciting depiction of “toy” guns, seen by millions of impressionable Americans:
Or the unfortunate students at this school, all of whom obviously have dark ties with Mother Nature’s pro-gun agenda: