Monday, April 22, 2013

Jailed for NRA T-shirt: Eighth grade student suspended, arrested for NRA shirt

Jailed for NRA T-shirt: Eighth grade student suspended, arrested for NRA shirt, Sometimes, dress codes just don't work. A report from Yahoo News on Sunday, April 21, 2013, states that an eighth grade student from West Virginia was suspended and jailed for wearing an NRA T-shirt. His shirt had an image of a gun on it and said "Protect Your Right," and he decided to wear it to school.

KOWK-TV says that Jared Marcum didn't believe there would be a problem with him wearing the shirt to school. The conflict that began once he was seen with it on is what ended up getting him suspended from school and then brought 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," Marcum told KOWK-TV.

The Logan Middle School has a dress code policy that states:

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.

Police confirmed reports that Marcum was jailed for the NRA T-shirt at school and could face charges of obstruction and disturbing the education process. That happened once he and his teacher got into an argument over the shirt.

Allen Lardieri, Marcum's father, said the shirt actually doesn't violate the dress code of the school. He doesn't believe his son should have been arrested either because he doesn't think that his son even got aggressive once confronted about the shirt.

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

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