8th Grader Jailed Over NRA Shirt
Jared Marcum, 14, arrested after dispute over gun on shirt
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2013 11:38 AM CDT
Jared Marcum wears his NRA shirt in a WOWK-TV report.   (WOWK-TV)

(Newser) – Jared Marcum showed up at his West Virginia middle school Thursday wearing an NRA shirt with a picture of a hunting rifle on it, and ended up getting arrested over it. He and a teacher argued over the shirt, and the 8th grader was eventually suspended, arrested, and now finds himself facing charges of obstruction and disturbing the education process, WOWK-TV reports. The 14-year-old's dad says school policy doesn't forbid images of guns on T-shirts; the dress code does prohibit clothing displaying "violence," but gun images are not listed specifically.

"He did not violate any school policy," Jared's dad says. "He did not become aggressive." The story has gotten Jared quite a bit of support, the student says: "People are saying that I did the right thing, that they're proud." Marcum's lawyer is working to get the charges dropped, and the family may file a federal or civil lawsuit, WOWK reports.

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boldt
Apr 22, 2013 4:59 PM CDT
The right wingers can try to steamroll this issue all they want, but the FACT is he got in trouble for being an AHOLE, not for wearing the shirt. CASE CLOSED.
joedert
Apr 22, 2013 3:06 PM CDT
So if he showed up with a tshirt depicting Jesus on the cross then would he also be sent home and suspended for wearing a tshirt which depicted something violent? Crucifictions are a pretty violent thing. I'm an atheist but would the crucifiction depiction be acceptable?
millefr1
Apr 22, 2013 2:31 PM CDT
if the seditionists, (ones actively attempting to thwart or defeat the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution), prosecuted in accordance with the LAW, their Unjustified PERSECUTION of an innocent law abiding student would cease!!! It would be SWEET justice for the entire school student body to acquire and wear the same t-shirt that Jared is wearing..Our public schools have become so uttterly corrupted by sycophantic, FILTHY progressives..