A West Virginia eighth-grader who was arrested and suspended for wearing a National Rifle Association t-shirt to school is now facing the possibility of jail time for his wardrobe choice.
Jared Marcum, a student at Logan Middle School in Logan, W.Va., was officially charged with obstructing an officer late last week according to CBS affiliate WTRF. His penalty could include up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.
“Me, I’m more of a fighter and so is Jared and eventually we’re going to get through this,” Allen Lardieri, Marcum’s stepfather, told WTRF. “I don’t think it should have ever gotten this far.”
“Every aspect of this is just totally wrong,” he added. “He has no background of anything criminal, up until now and it just seems like nobody wants to admit they’re wrong.”
In the meantime, Marcum’s lawyer, Ben White, is working on getting the charges against him dropped before his July 11 court date.
“In my view of the facts, Jared didn’t do anything wrong,” Ben White, Jared’s attorney, told WTRF. “I think officer Adkins could have done something differently.”
Both prosecuting attorney Michael White and the Logan Police Department refused to respond to speak publicly about the case.
Marcum first wore the NRA t-shirt to school back in April, when he was first arrested on charges of obstruction and disturbing the education process after refusing to turn his shirt inside-out and getting into an argument with a teacher.
During his suspension, several of Marcum’s friends wore similar NRA shirts in solidarity of their friend. Marcum also chose to wear his NRA shirt to school on his first day back from the suspension; however, none of those students were arrested or suspended for wearing the pro-gun T-shirts.