Student arrested for wearing NRA t-shirt with picture of gun

NRA National Rifle AssociationFor one West Virginia eighth grader, expressing his Second Amendment rights last week meant the muffling of his First Amendment rights.

Jared Marcum, a student at Logan Middle School, was arrested and suspended for wearing a National Rifle Association t-shirt to class.

Marcum’s shirt led to a disagreement between the eighth grader and a teacher, and Marcum was eventually suspended and arrested. He’s facing charges of obstruction and disturbing the education process.

“I never thought it would go this far because honestly I don’t see a problem with this,” he told the local CBS affiliate. “There shouldn’t be a problem with this.”

The boy’s father, Allen Lardieri, says his son did not violate the school’s dress code and was not combative when confronted about the clothing.

The shirt, which features an image of a gun and the words “Protect Your Right,” would seemingly be allowed under his school’s dress code:

A student will not dress or groom in a manner that disrupts the educational process or is detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of others. A student will not dress in a manner that is distractive or indecent, to the extent that it interferes with the teaching and learning process, including wearing any apparel that displays or promotes any drug-, alcohol- or tobacco-related product that is prohibited in school buildings, on school grounds, in school-leased or owned vehicles, and at all school-affiliated functions.

Lardieri says he will fight to clear his son and make the situation right.

“I will go to the ends of the earth,” he said. “I will call people, I will write letters, I will do everything in the legal realm to make sure this does not happen again.”

Marcum’s fellow students also stood up for his rights, with some wearing gun t-shirts to school on the first day of the boy’s suspension. At least one student was reportedly told by an educator to change their clothing.

The school district and Logan Middle School have not commented publicly on the matter.

Comments

Comments

  1. Bo says:

    This is sad. Your breaking the 1st admendment right. Sounds to me the teacher is the problem here. If nothing was said school would have went on as planned. Soon enough it will be known that we will act, say, and do as told by the ones in power. No American will have a voice except the rich and powerful. There are more things you can’t do in America than can do. Disarm us first then take the rest of our rights one at a time. Will our army and police-really turn on our citizens as people are saying. They do if you wear a NRA tee shirt to school. So I believe they will kill you for your guns. This country is in trouble. Big trouble.

  2. Frank says:

    Yet its not disruptive or distracting for middle school preteens or high school hussies to dress scantily in the classrooms or the halls for all to see their junk? Sex can sell, but freedom of expression is too dangerous.

  3. J Hudson says:

    a prime example of the liberals trying to take away the first amendment. I SAY SCREW ‘EM.

  4. Mary says:

    What kind of timid sheep are getting teaching jobs now? I am glad that the boy’s father is not letting this stand. And I’m proud of the kids who wore protest tee shirts on the first day of the boy’s suspension.

  5. Stephen says:

    I guarantee that, had he been wearing a shirt promoting homosexual marriage or feminism or some other ungodly tripe, there would have been no objections.

  6. David Brink says:

    Where is the A.C.L.U on this one? Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

  7. Stacey Clark says:

    This sickens me …. What had happened to our “free” country? I hope that this young man and his family are given an apology by this school system… I am ashamed of where our country is headed. It’s ok to wear tshirts of gang banging musicians but not ok to support a perfectly legal organization that has been recognized for decades??? Ridiculous!

  8. rjvillarreal3@gmail.com says:

    Well, I can see the infringement of 1st Amendment here, but look at it from the flip side. The school was worried about the gun in the graphic because if they allowed that gun image to be worn, they would have to allow others as well as not to give preference for the NRA, which could get out of control very quickly. The fact that it was an NRA shirt upsets too many conservatives too quickly. If you think about it though, it totally makes sense from an unbiased educator or administrative standpoint.

    If the NRA shirt didn’t have a gun on it, it wouldn’t have been a big deal.
    The school is not attacking the NRA. Grow up. No one is trying to take your guns. And equal rights here are irrelevant as the graphic doesn’t have an image that represents a tool that is used to harm or kill others (defensively or not). And Stephen, you probably still believe in slavery too right? Objectification is objectification, you idiot.

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