Charges: obstruction and disturbing the education process.
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(WOWK) –8th grade student Jared Marcum was suspended, arrested and is now facing two charges after refusing to change his shirt.
“People are saying that I did the right thing, that they’re proud,” Jared said
“What they’re doing is trying to take away my rights, my freedom of speech and my second amendment,” Jared said.
After several attempts the only comment 13 News received from the Logan County School District was no comment.
“They gave me no paperwork, all they said to my mother was not to bring me back to school the next day,” Jared said.
So, while Jared spent the first day of his suspension at home, some of his friends showed their support for Jared at school.
“I did try to wear a shirt with guns on it and I was told to take it off,” Jared’s friend Dustin Vickers said.
13 News was contacted by Benjamin White, the attorney handling Jared’s case. White says first, they’ll be working on getting the charges, obstruction and disturbing the education process, dropped. Then, they plan on filing any federal or civil suit that is in order. [...]
Purely agenda driven as the school district’s dress code does NOT prohibit gun images:
The Logan County School District’s dress code policy prohibits clothing that displays profanity, violence, discriminatory messages and more but nowhere in the document does it say anything about gun images.
A fascist gun control zealot teacher sees the gun image, wets him/herself then calls police. This madness MUST end.
Logan Middle School administration contact info. here: http://lc2.boe.loga.k12.wv.us/loganmid/faculty/administrators.htm
Logan County Schools Board of Education contact info. here (scroll down to bottom of page): http://lc2.boe.loga.k12.wv.us/staff/bmember.htm
(Washington Times) –A West Virginia teen who was arrested and suspended for wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt to school returned to class Monday wearing the same shirt that got him into trouble.
Jared Marcum, 14, was joined by about 100 other students across Logan County who wore shirts with a similar gun rights theme in a show of support for free speech.
Ben White, the Charleston lawyer representing the Logan eighth-grader, said the Sons of the Second Amendment, a gun rights group, purchased and distributed the shirts.
School officials told the eighth-grader Monday that his one-day suspension was appropriate because he was being disruptive.
Mr. White said Jared was exercising his right to free speech and did not disrupt anything.
Video evidence in the case, Mr. White said, indicates that the situation in the cafeteria deteriorated when a teacher raised his voice while confronting Jared. Other students jumped up on benches and began chanting Jared’s name.
More from WPTV:
Marcum said was sent to the office where he again refused the order.
“When the police came, I was still talking and telling them that this was wrong, that they cannot do this, it’s not against any school policy. The officer, he told me to sit down and be quiet. I said, `No, I’m exercising my right to free speech.’ I said it calmly,” he said.
Lardieri [Jared's dad --ed.] said Marcum wore the shirt during five class periods before he was ordered to remove it.
“I just don’t understand why this teacher reacted the way he did,” said White, who said he asked school officials to preserve surveillance video of the cafeteria. [...]
Being expelled from school for wearing a T-shirt featuring a gun? Sad.
Coming back to school wearing the same T-shirt featuring a gun? Brave.
Coming back to school wearing the same T-shirt featuring a gun … and finding classmates wearing similar T-shirts?
The latest on the controversy here: 14 Year Old At Center Of @NRA T-Shirt Controversy Officially Charged, Now Facing Possibility Of A Year In Jail