Monday, April 22, 2013

Jailed for NRA T-shirt: 8th grader arrested, suspended

Jailed for NRA T-shirt: 8th grader arrested, suspended, A student was jailed for wearing an NRA T-shirt to school in West Virginia last week. On April 21, Fox News reported that an 8th grade student got in to an argument with a teacher who allegedly didn't approve of the image of a gun on the boy's shirt. Now, Jared Marcum faces charges of "obstruction and disturbing the education process for refusing to change the shirt."

"What they're doing is trying to take away my rights, my freedom of speech and my Second Amendment," Marcum told the media (via Fox News). Many people agree and don't feel as though the student should have been arrested.

A kid jailed for an NRA T-shirt seems a bit extreme which is likely why it is making headline news today. The T-shirt had a picture of a rifle on the front and the text "protect your right" above it (see above photo). The school's policy does forbid students from wearing clothing that displays "profanity, violence, discriminatory messages, or sexually suggestive phrases." According to Marcum, his dad, and his lawyer, he didn't break any rules.

According to the report, a few students at Logan Middle School wore shirts with rifles or guns on them on the first day of Marcum's suspension as part of a protest of sorts. At least one of those students were told to change -- but no one else was arrested or suspended.

After being jailed for wearing the NRA T-shirt, Jared Marcum hopes to get the criminal charges against him dropped.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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