Teen Arrested, Suspended For Refusing to Remove NRA Shirt in Class

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A West Virginia teenager was suspended from school for one day after he refused to remove an NRA T-shirt in class. He was also reportedly arrested.

Jared Marcum, 14, returned to his Logan, W.V., school on Monday.

NRA Shirt

His father, Allen Lardieri, said, "I don't see how anybody has an issue with a hunting rifle and NRA put on a T-shirt, especially when policy doesn’t forbid it."

The school district's dress code does prohibit any profanity, violence, and discriminatory messages, but the report noted that gun images are not on the list.

Lardieri vowed to fight for his son and against similar occurrences:

"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/"

The teen's lawyer, Ben White, says that while administrators claim Marcum "disrupted the educational process," he was merely exercising his right to free speech.

White also says Marcum wasn't disruptive at all.

School officials begged to differ. Logan police arrested Marcum at the school last Thursday after he refused a teacher's order to remove the shirt.

White says prosecutors are reviewing the case and whether to file charges for disrupting an educational process and obstructing a police officer.

Marcum wore the same shirt to school Monday. It displays the NRA logo and a hunting rifle. Other students wore similar shirts in a show of support.

This time, no one said anything.


behold land of the free, and you call yourself democracy. funny this is the second thing today a teacher asking a student to take off tshirt and they arrest the student not the teacher? pervert teacher


I may not agree with everything the NRA stands for but free speech is free speech. I think the school has something for which they need to publicly apologize.


Why didn't the school just call the parents and send him home WHY have him arrested??? This is ridiculous. Maybe these teachers need to be arrested for trying to undress a kid!!!!!!!


so the bankrupt police deparment require some financial back up to live>>>>but nothing more!!

@ abe

Welcome to the nanny state Abe. Where a few peoples "comfort zones" outweigh everyone else's rights...sad.