Student charged after refusing to remove NRA shirt

By: AP
By: AP

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia teenager has been charged with causing a disruption at his middle school after he refused to remove an NRA T-shirt that he wore.

Fourteen-year-old Jared Marcum of Logan said Sunday the shirt didn't violate Logan Middle School's dress code policy. It displayed the NRA's logo and a hunting rifle.

Marcum says he was exercising his free speech right on Thursday when he refused a teacher's order to remove the shirt.

Marcum says police charged him with disrupting the educational process and obstructing an officer. His stepfather, Allen Lardieri, says the school suspended him.

Their lawyer plans to meet with Principal Ernestine Sutherland on Monday.

A message left Sunday at a phone listing for an Ernestine Sutherland in Logan wasn't immediately returned.

The telephone at the Logan Police Department rang unanswered Sunday.


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  • by Name Location: Location on Apr 30, 2013 at 05:29 AM
    @Hunter:I point was that you don't need to start insuting people you know nothing about. First this kid, then my father. Who's next? Foget what the likes of CNN, MSNBC, and the like tell you about the NRA. these are the same people that would have the nRA's members all labeled terrorists. I find it funny though that people/groups that fight tooth and nail for the rights granted by the constitution are labeled trouble makers, militants,terrorists, or what was your term, mental midgets I believe. religous movements sense the beginning of time, civil rights groups/leaders, and now those supporting the 2nd amendment. All have been called these names by the "majority". The problem for the majority is that the U.S. is not a true democracy, it is a Constitutional republic. What that means is that the majorities support for something means absolutly nothing if the idea/bill violates the constitution.
  • by Hunter Location: Michigan on Apr 29, 2013 at 07:47 PM
    V, your father wasn't the only one who fought to give us the right to have this debate. My father went with Patton into Austria and then on to Berlin. He taught me to respect guns and how to use them. The NRA doesn't show this kind of leadership.
  • by Derrick Location: Hillsdale on Apr 28, 2013 at 06:57 PM
    The truly unfortunate part of this is when the media got involved. If the AP was going to write a story at all...make sure it has the whole story!! Why was the 14 year old charged with obstructing an officer? How did the story get to the media? What is his school's dress code?And another good story would be how many females get away with violating dress codes, simply because male teachers can't point out the violations because then it looks like "they are looking!"?
  • by V Location: GL on Apr 25, 2013 at 06:19 AM
    @Hunter: I must certainly am a member, a life member. Exactl;y who was the Apple comment directed to. If its the boy in the story, then it make absolutely no sense. If it was directed towards me, then I take that as a complement. My father served this country for most of his life. He fought so you would have the right to make yourself look like an idiot on any post you want. He taught me, along with many other things, to be honest, hardworking, to stand up for what is right, and to give respect where respect is due. If only this nation had more fathers like him, you and I might not be having this conversation.
  • by Bill Location: Mason on Apr 25, 2013 at 04:40 AM
    I reckon it's OK to wear pants around the knees so why wouldn't it be ok to wear a shirt with a gun graphic. Didn't know a gun on a shirt done so much damage....maybe we need to make sure that it can't be worn more than twice in one week.....
  • by Hunter Location: Michigan on Apr 24, 2013 at 06:58 PM
    V, must be a full fledged card carrying member of the NRA. The apple didn't fall to far from the tree.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2013 at 09:13 AM
    It is too bad that many have forgotten the price that many others have paid to maintain our freedoms; including the freedom of speech.
  • by Jake Location: Okemos on Apr 24, 2013 at 07:23 AM
    "disrupting the educational process" HaHaHaHa
  • by V Location: GL on Apr 24, 2013 at 05:24 AM
    @Hunter: A mental midget? Do you hear yourself. it's a T-shirt. One that looks to be pretty harmless. Does it make you feel good to call a young teen that you don't even know names? Even with what little we know of the story, and judging by your post, it is you that is the "mental midget". This kid has more backbone than you could ever dream for.
  • by Name Location: Location on Apr 24, 2013 at 04:57 AM
    The money spent on that ugly t-shirt could've been spent on getting him a decent haircut.
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