8th grader arrested over NRA t-shirt

NRA T-shirtAn eighth-grade student in West Virginia was arrested and taken to jail for wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt to school.

Jared Marcum had no idea the trouble that awaited him as he got dressed for school on Thursday morning, or that his pro-Second Amendment shirt would launch a fight over his First Amendment rights, the local CBS affiliate reported.

“I never thought it would go this far because honestly I don’t see a problem with this, there shouldn’t be a problem with this,” Jared told WOWK-TV.

His T-shirt has an image of a gun printed on it, and that was enough to get him suspended from Logan Middle School, arrested and charged with obstruction and disturbing the education process.

Jared’s father, Allen Lardieri, had to rush from work to pick his son up from jail over something he says was blown out of proportion, according to WOWK-TV.

“I don’t’ see how anybody would have an issue with a hunting rifle and NRA put on a t-shirt, especially when policy doesn’t forbid it,” Lardieri told the TV station.

The report noted that the school’s dress code policy prohibits clothing that displays profanity, violence, discriminatory messages and more, but nowhere does it say anything about gun images.

WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

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  • Sam Page

    “First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—

    because I was not a communist;

    Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—

    because I was not a socialist;

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—

    because I was not a trade unionist;

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

    because I was not a Jew;

    Then they came for me—

    and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

    ― Martin Niemöller

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  • Teddy

    That school should be ashamed of itself, were not living in a communist country, are we?

  • Franklin

    Joe manchin country

  • Joe Swartz

    Not yet but very soon.

  • Gene McCarthy

    "They" are pushing us toward a time when we will rise up against these socialist bastards. There will be more then a t-shirt to provoke them. Enough….! Whether it be in W. Virginia or in California we have had enough of this. Stand firm. Sue the bastards. Vote them out of office. Enlighten your family and neighbors. Get some firearms training. Chose your firearms carefully and stockpile your ammunition. I am NOT a conspiracy supporter, but I do believe we cannot continue like this. We are Americans NOT cowards. Stand up and fight. Be prepared to lay down your life for freedom and liberty. God help us all!

    • Marie

      I copied pasted you post to FB. I can feel your anger, frustration and patriotism in your words. I hope you don't mind. I did copy it with your name as the writer.

      • brett

        It is people like you Marie, that scare me. People who hide behind anonymity and turn their neighbors in to the thought police for opinions that do not jibe with their own.

        • Marie

          I'm not hiding behind anything. I felt his feelings about his county. I never said I agreed or disagreed. He did not say 'Go shoot'em up'. If you're not over 50 I can't explain it to you, if you are then you should understand.

    • RationalRosey

      You've obviously never lived or possibly traveled outside this country. If you think you don't have rights here, try living in 9/10ths of the rest of the world. You wouldn't survive. Use your vote. That's logical and smart. But if you use a gun against the government, you will and should be shot dead as violence against the United States Government will not be tolerated. That's called "terrorism" in addition to just sounding like an ignorant redneck. I can say this as a redneck who is not ignorant. I know an ignoramous when I see one.

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  • kafantaris

    The high-school student had a perfectly good First Amendment right to wear his NRA shirt — but not in school. There the school has a paramount interest in promoting the educational theme it deems wholesome. Excluding images of guns or violence is not unreasonable.

  • RationalRosey

    I have guns. Let's start with that. Secondly, this kid has learned a valuable life lesson. You simply cannot act in a way which infringes on the rights of others, namely a conflict-free education process in a public school. I can only imagine how heated the argument became. Just like you cant invoke your right to free speech and scream "I have a bomb!" in an airport security line, you can't go to a school and wear a shirt with firearms imprinted across the front, not to mention the shirt is sleeveless, which is banned for kids his age in every education jurisdiction I'm aware of. He clearly wore the shirt to make trouble, not a statement, and he got what he asked for this time. If this were text in a term paper or his Facebook page, that would be different and I would support him. It was not though. And anyone who can't see this is not able to think clearly due to their passionate feelings. I seriusly doubt the NRA would support this embecile as it reflects poorly on who supports the NRA.

  • marylamb


    And who is fighting the HHS mandate. Do people REALLY think it's going to stop that one?

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