Good News! Criminal Charges Against 8th Grader Jared Marcum Over @NRA T-Shirt Confrontation Dismissed!

June 29, 2013 at 6:50 am

WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

I certainly didn’t see this coming.

(WOWK)–Jared Marcum’s mother, Tanya Lardieri, was overcome with emotion after signing a dismissal order and cementing the fact that the criminal charges against her 14-year-old son, Jared Marcum, have been withdrawn.

“It should have come sooner but it’s done and we don’t have to have that concern anymore about him having a criminal record” Jared’s father Allen Lardieri tells WOWK. “I’m just glad that it’s over. His mother is glad it’s over.”

Jared’s attorney Ben White calls this a win for common sense. White says he’s heard too many stories of children being penalized for seemingly harmless behavior, just because each of these incidents included gun imagery of one sort or another.

“I think, with the gun issue, with what is going on, this is a victory for common sense,” White said.

The dismissal, signed by judge Eric O’Briant comes 70 days after, then 8th grader, Jared Marcum’s pro-Second Amendment shirt, sparked what many are calling the fight over his First Amendment rights.

“I didn’t think it would go this far because honestly, I don’t see a problem with [the shirt], there shouldn’t be a problem with this,” Jared told WOWK on April 18, the day he was arrested.

While Jared didn’t see a problem with the shirt, neither did the Logan County School District, as it has publicly stated that Jared’s shirt did not violate the district’s dress code. [...]

Previously:
Video! Reporter Who Broke Jared Marcum @NRA ‘Protect Your Right’ T-Shirt Story Threatened With Arrest, Prosecution Seeks Gag Order

‘Gun Owners Of America’ Offers Pro Bono Legal Assistance To Jared Marcum In @NRA ‘Protect Your Right’ T-Shirt Case

8th Grader At Center Of @NRA “Protect Your Right” T-Shirt Controversy Officially Charged, Now Facing Possibility Of A Year In Jail

8th Grader Jared Marcum Arrested & Suspended For Refusing To Remove NRA ‘Protect Your 2nd Amendment Right’ Shirt [Update: Returns To School Wearing The T-Shirt, Around 100 Others Wear Similar In Support Of Free Speech]