UPDATE: Prosecutors Not Backing Down From Case Of West Virginia Eighth-Grader Suspended For NRA T-Shirt

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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:

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CREDIT: THE WHITE HOUSE

Or the unfortunate students at this school, all of whom obviously have dark ties with Mother Nature’s pro-gun agenda:

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CREDIT: FUNNY MEMES
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  • Mark Are Reynolds Ⓥ

    Someone needs to spank that prosecutor for acting like such a spoiled little brat.

    • squeeze127

      He’s one of those that Democrats installed into office! They follow the agenda.

      • monizame

        March on the school..demand his firing

  • dan

    to tell the truth,I wasn’t thinking of spanking …now where did I put those feathers and that tar

    • Elton Robb

      There’s still a lot at the La Brea Tar Pits. Feathers, i don’t know, maybe your local chicken slaughter house?

  • sootsme

    1. Jury Nullification 2. Civilly sue the officer and the prosecutor as individuals for falsely acting “under color of authority”.

  • Elton Robb

    For a moment there, I thought that wasn’t the ty- oh, excuse me, dict – hold on, I’m trying to say it . . . I can’t say it . . .

  • Robbie

    You know what it’s long overdue that we get back to some traditional values that made this nation great. That little twerp hopefully learns his place and realizes that he is to respect the requests of his elders especially school authorities.

    • Peatro giorgio

      Screw the bigoted racist progressive as#es It certainly is very narrow minded of you robbie robot .You speak so highly of school authorities,is it not that you are either married to one am one or your parents are ? or just maybe you have your head so far up your coward as# you haven’t ever seen day light through the trees of our Bill of rights . The prosecutor in this case should for ever be disbarred.O how soon the tied will be turning ,Watching the national trends The pendulum is now swinging hard right so morons whom think the can shut done others speech; shall be shut out them selves . One other thing when you protect and defend the cowards whom are attempting to remove others rights .What you shall soon enough find is you also no longer have rights. I say the time for civil disobedience, civil war is now And those whom would scuf or laugh at the americans whom would take up arms against any tyrannical government. had best think again, For what they shall find is most whom serve this nation shall reverse their arms on those whom order them to fire on their fellow americans.

      • Robbie

        Gee, have I missed an important news flash? Peatro, are you saying that the government has ordered someone to fire at Americans? I have not heard of this but it is still early in the day where I am. Either that or you have totally lost it.

        But back to the T-shirt issue. This is not a freedom of speech issue. The issue here is that school officials are enforcing a school dress code and that little twerp who decided to try and be a big shot had better learn his place. If he ever makes it through university he can become a teacher and set school policy. Until then he can darn well FOLLOW school policy.

        I taught for 28 years and saw some of the most outrageous slogans on T-shirts so the school passed a rule: no slogans on T-shirts. Period. We also had a rule that when you entered the building you had to remove your hat. Some kids felt they should set school policy and be able to set their own rules. They soon found out that they were the students and that the teachers, administrators, school board members and other adults were the folks entrusted to set school rules.

        • dianiline

          Remembering the fact that the shirt DID NOT violate the dress code, just the teacher’s fashion sense, we see that the child did follow school policy; the teacher did not.

          This is a freedom of speech issue and here in America we’re in favor of freedom of speech. They let kids refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance but they won’t let them wear shirts supporting the Constitution?

          Fire the teacher who doesn’t understand the school dress code, let alone the Constitution. And somebody should give this kid a scholarship.

          Not to whatever college that teacher attended.

        • BUD USMC

          Robbie.
          IF YOU TAUGHT SCHOOL FOR 28 YEARS, I DON’T KNOW WERE YOU TAUGHT BUT HERE IN AMERICA THE BOARD OF EDUCATION MAKE SCHOOL POLICY NOT TEACHERS. TEACHERS ARE SUPPOSED TO FOLLOW SCHOOL POLICY IN THIS CASE THERE WASN,T A POLICY AGAINST THAT SHIRT. SO IT WAS PERSONAL POLICY THAT STARTED THIS MESS. ALSO YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THE PRINCIAL SHOULD HAVE HANDELED THIS SITUTIONS.
          SOUNDS TO ME YOU NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL.

      • Don 2

        You’re arguing with a Canadian, who doesn’t seem to know which side of the border he lives on, eh!

    • Wiley2

      The “traditional values that made this nation great” start with the freedom to live our lives and express ourselves as we choose, to the extent that we don’t harm others or infringe on their liberty to make their own choices. The authoritarianism that seeks to put people in their “place” and force compliance with a supposed superior’s arbitrary demands is the exact opposite of what made this country great.

    • Don 2

      Those That Can, Do – Those That Can’t, Teach

  • Jessica M

    Why are idiots hired to run a school?

  • John W

    To me, it sounds like it’s time for the people in that county to go down to the courthouse, the police station and where ever the county prosecutor’s office is located and tell these idiots that they are all fired!

  • Darral

    There is a Reason we call it. The CRIMINAL,,,, Justice System

  • BUD USMC

    Why would the police be called when a 14 year old student disobeys a teacher ? When that happens the principal should be called to deal with the situation. Then the parents are informed of the suspension so they can come and get their child.

    The police should only be called if a threat is made or a weapon is involved apparently in this case neither was. A student should always obey a teacher to a certain extent, he should have taken the shirt off and been embarrassed by the teachers actions, clearly his rights were violated with no school policy in place against the 2nd Amendment. The school board of education will now have to deal with all of those involved, fire the teacher and principal for using personal feelings in dealing with this student.
    I personally detest a parent suing the BOE. and school and all involved up to the police and the DA. but in this case it should happen. Personal feelings have no place in schools clearly this is the case here.

    • Hawk!

      There IS a policy regarding the second Ammendment in ALL schools. It’s called the law of the land,, formerly know as the Constitution. I am sick to death of these monumental , not to mention illega,l wastes of resources. Jail the teacher and the whole damn board. MAYBE them SOMEBODY will learn something.