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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.

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.”

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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.