Photo of Jared Marcum
Jared Marcum, the West Virginia 8th grader who was arrested for refusing to turn his NRA T-shirt inside-out, was officially charged with obstructing a police officer on Thursday. The judge allowed the prosecution to move forward and the 14-year old now faces a year in jail and a $500 dollar fine.
The charge comes from Jared’s refusal to stop talking but court documents show he was not violent or threatening in any way.
They avoided prosecuting the boy for wearing a T-Shirt because they knew they’d lose so they went with obstructing a police officer.
Jared’s stepfather, Allen Lardieri, said he and his son are fighters but it shouldn’t have gotten this far. That is certainly true!
Jared Marcum is a Logan County honor student who was arrested for wearing an NRA T-shirt and refusing to turn it inside-out. The incident occurred in April. He returned to school in May wearing the same t-shirt. On the day he returned, many students in the school wore the same shirt in support.
The students say it is T-shirt control.
The fiasco began when a band teacher ordered Jared to turn his t-shirt inside out as he stood on the lunch line because the shirt had a photo of a firearm and the words “Defend your rights.”
The school wasn’t content with suspending him. They called the police.
He was cuffed and arrested for obstructing an officer and disrupting the education process.
Jared said that “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.
Police charged him with disrupting an educational process and obstructing an officer, he said.
“The only disturbance was caused by the teacher. He raised his voice,” he said. […]
After returning from his suspension, he showed up at school with the same T-shirt. He said he was thankful to his schoolmates for wearing the same shirt in a show of support. “There’s a lot of people wearing this same exact shirt, showing great, great support and I really appreciate it,” the student said Monday before going to school.
The school will not comment on a student.