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April 24, 2013
West Virginia 8th Grader Arrested After Refusing to Take Off NRA Shirt at School - 7

A West Virginia 8th grader was arrested on April 18 for obstruction and "disturbing the education process" after he engaged in a heated exchange with a teacher and refused to remove his NRA T-shirt.                

Jared Marcum, 14, of Logan told the Associated Press on April 19th that he was on a cafeteria line when a teacher demanded that he remove his NRA T-shirt or wear it inside-out because it featured a gun, which the teacher insisted violated the middle-school's dress policy.                

Marcum refused, stating it was his First Amendment right to voice his support for the Second Amendment by wearing a T-shirt with an image of a gun and the words ”Protect Your Right” on it.                

According to the AP, Marcum was sent to the principal's office where he was subsequently arrested and taken to jail.                

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

Jared’s stepfather Allen Lardieri said he had to rush from work to pick his son up from jail. “I don’t see how anybody would have an issue with a hunting rifle and NRA put on a t-shirt, especially when policy doesn’t forbid it,” he told the AP.                

True enough. According to Kelsey Osterman of Red Alert Politics, "a shirt which features an image of a gun and the words 'Protect Your Right' would seemingly be allowed under his school’s dress code."                

Osterman reports that "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, he writes, was reportedly told to change their clothing.                

The AP doesn't typically publish the names of arrested juveniles but did so in this case at the family’s request that his name be made public to "let his case be known."                

Many believe the school district's "case" says more about the school district, and the bizarro state of looking-glass weirdness that permeates today's education industry, than it does about the "case."                

"I wouldn’t be terribly shocked to see this story if it were taking place in New York, Connecticut or San Francisco, but this is all unfolding in West Virginia. Something has gone pretty seriously off the beam here, and it looks like the problem is coming from their school district," writes Buzz Shaw on hotair.com. "Obviously, gun control and Second Amendment rights are an important and current topic in the country and if schools aren’t going to foster an environment where students can learn about both sides of a constitutional question, what sort of education are they receiving?"                

For more, go to:

-- 8th grade student suspended, arrested for wearing NRA t-shirt   

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

-- Eighth Grader Arrested For Wearing NRA T-Shirt            

-- Not a Joke: West Virginia 8th Grader Suspended & Arrested Over NRA T-Shirt            

-- Eighth-grade boy arrested, suspended over NRA 'Protect your right' T-shirt              

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from ArmyRanger wrote 19 weeks 3 days ago

I am by far a gun advocate. A former Army Ranger and veteran of OIF and OEF, I agree with fighting for our freedom and our rights.

I also agree with with the schools point. Schools have certain dress codes that students must abide by. I remember when I went to school there were several rules about clothing. Even then, we were not allowed to wear clothing that depicted guns, knives or drugs. This has always been dress code.

What I do not agree with is the child being arrested for wearing the shirt. A simple sent home for the day would have been fine with a call to the parents explaining a violation of dress code policy. With that in mind, I still do not think that his arrest was solely for just refusing to take off the shirt. Common sense say's there were other factors involved.

Now as far as others that scream out about protecting rights and our freedoms, if you really want to make a change visit your local recruiter and actually fight for freedom.

Freedom isn't free, Rangers pay for it.

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from 3030shttr wrote 1 year 6 weeks ago

School's have become one of the spear points for the immoral left. If this kid's shirt said something about supporting abortion or mentally ill homosexuals, he's be a hero!

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from gjeffryes wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Liberal anti-gunners love the first amendment, as long as it's only used to defend speech they agree with. We'll probably never know the whole story here, but it sounds like it was the teacher and principal that had a problem with the shirt in spite of the written policy. Between the school administrators, the teachers union and the liberal press, we'll most likely never get the whole truth here.

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from rosstheteacher wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

As a teacher of 13-14 year olds, I'm sure we r only getting one side of the story. The kid probably got suspended because of the things he was saying (disrespectfully probably) not the shirt. Legally the schools cant give their side so we'll never hear it.

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from MNwhitetailHunter wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

"Obviously, gun control and Second Amendment rights are an important and current topic in the country and if schools aren’t going to foster an environment where students can learn about both sides of a constitutional question, what sort of education are they receiving?" He has a good point.

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from HunterDan wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Sounds like the right to free speech as well as the right to keep and bear arms is coming to a sad end in this country.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Sounds to me like the TEACHER was the one "creating a disturbance". This entire case is BS, I hope they sue the school for all they're worth.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Sounds to me like the TEACHER was the one "creating a disturbance". This entire case is BS, I hope they sue the school for all they're worth.

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from gjeffryes wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Liberal anti-gunners love the first amendment, as long as it's only used to defend speech they agree with. We'll probably never know the whole story here, but it sounds like it was the teacher and principal that had a problem with the shirt in spite of the written policy. Between the school administrators, the teachers union and the liberal press, we'll most likely never get the whole truth here.

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from ArmyRanger wrote 19 weeks 3 days ago

I am by far a gun advocate. A former Army Ranger and veteran of OIF and OEF, I agree with fighting for our freedom and our rights.

I also agree with with the schools point. Schools have certain dress codes that students must abide by. I remember when I went to school there were several rules about clothing. Even then, we were not allowed to wear clothing that depicted guns, knives or drugs. This has always been dress code.

What I do not agree with is the child being arrested for wearing the shirt. A simple sent home for the day would have been fine with a call to the parents explaining a violation of dress code policy. With that in mind, I still do not think that his arrest was solely for just refusing to take off the shirt. Common sense say's there were other factors involved.

Now as far as others that scream out about protecting rights and our freedoms, if you really want to make a change visit your local recruiter and actually fight for freedom.

Freedom isn't free, Rangers pay for it.

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from HunterDan wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Sounds like the right to free speech as well as the right to keep and bear arms is coming to a sad end in this country.

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from MNwhitetailHunter wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

"Obviously, gun control and Second Amendment rights are an important and current topic in the country and if schools aren’t going to foster an environment where students can learn about both sides of a constitutional question, what sort of education are they receiving?" He has a good point.

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from 3030shttr wrote 1 year 6 weeks ago

School's have become one of the spear points for the immoral left. If this kid's shirt said something about supporting abortion or mentally ill homosexuals, he's be a hero!

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from rosstheteacher wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

As a teacher of 13-14 year olds, I'm sure we r only getting one side of the story. The kid probably got suspended because of the things he was saying (disrespectfully probably) not the shirt. Legally the schools cant give their side so we'll never hear it.

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