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

June 17, 2013 by  

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:



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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  • Robert D Lockman Sr

    WOW, FOR REAL? Give me strenght, big bad tuff law dawgs and lawyers pickin on a child and his first amendment freedom. You people should be ashamed of yourself,,,,better yet pack up and move to russia, leave us alone, this is not the the social states of america yet.

    • Brent black

      What would you call it then-if not that? These people who cite the fact that something like this would have been laughed out of any town in america 30 years ago are right. We allow this to happen-knowing that the liberal/progressives wont do anything but get worse every time they even think no one will stop them. But instead of getting together and running the stupid “you know whats” out of town when they do something so f-ing stupid like that–we just shake our heads in disbelief and go on about our work trying to make enough money to feed our own kids. (And pay that stupid f-ers sallary)

  • Theresa

    Until the Anerican people learn to think for themselves and stand up for themselves and others, we will see far more abuses like these!

  • Rick Spiegel

    Our government our judicial system our schools most people in charge are corrupting their own rules on society. 10 years ago the judge would have thrown that out that goes to show you the judges today are not the way they used to be. people in charge are trying to make other people fearful instead of using common sense

  • Ron r

    Did the school have a dress code???

  • Rick

    Well done young man.
    When has it become unlawful to freedom of speech. He wore a shirt supporting the 2nd Amendment. What’s has gone wrong in our country.
    If you had people with any common sense this shouldn’t have even happened. This school.system is in the wrong

  • Steph C

    Ron, excerpt from the article:

    “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.”

    Please tell me you don’t think the school was right.

  • shadow1776

    So much for freedom of speech, or expression. I would pull my kid out of school, and home school for now on. At least at home they mite learn something they can use and not be brain washed.

  • Don miller

    And we wonder why the real criminals don’t get caught cause our police are to busy harassing our children I agree home school shut schools like this down as soon as we the people take away all our tax dollars they’ll listen they won’t have a choice they gonna lock up the whole country every American out there that still believe in freedom and liberty should walk out don’t go to work don’t purchase goods and stay out out till this country changes either that or the other take up arms and demand it it’s gonna come to that eventually anyway take it to them don’t wait till they come to us dont tell me the whole country is this passive or politically correct come on people pull your heads outa your butts we didn’t get to be a great nation by laying down for tyranny

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  • Alex kole

    I can’t think of words to describe my feelings & thoughts over this teacher’s insane behavior. I can tell u what I would have done, had I been there, but my action would have been illegal. Next, I’ll be arrested for my thoughts.

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