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Student arrested for wearing an NRA shirt.

#1UnfairRepresentPosted 4/21/2013 2:00:01 PM
An eighth-grade student in West Virginia was reportedly arrested and suspended last week after getting into an argument with his teacher about a National Rifle Association T-shirt he wore to school.

WOWK-TV reports that Jared Marcum faces charges of obstruction and disturbing the education process for refusing to change the shirt, which shows a rifle and the slogan, "protect your right."

Jared told the station the he was punished by officials at Logan Middle School after arguing about the shirt with his teacher, who reportedly objected to the image of the gun on the shirt.

"What they're doing is trying to take away my rights, my freedom of speech and my Second Amendment," Jared told the station.

Jared's father, Allen Lardieri, told WOWK-TV he is upset his son was briefly jailed for something he believes was blown out of proportion.

"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 station.

A Logan County School District official refused a request for comment from WOWK-TV, but police in Logan confirmed Jared's arrest last Thursday.

On the first day of Jared's suspension, some of his friends reportedly wore shirts displaying images of firearms and at least one was told by an educator to change their attire, according to the report.

Benjamin White, an attorney handling Jared's case, told the station he is working on getting the charges dropped and plans to file a federal or civil lawsuit.


Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/04/21/student-reportedly-arrested-suspended-after-argument-over-nra-shirt/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2R8bBT9kv

If you ask me this is dumb. By making such a fuss about this one kid, whether you agree with him or not, all you've done is make every other kid who knows him want to wear NRA shirts too.
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#2Anarchy_JuiblexPosted 4/21/2013 2:02:16 PM
which shows a rifle

This is the issue, it has nothing to do with the NRA.
#3EvilMonkeyPosted 4/21/2013 2:08:47 PM
It's absolutely crazy to make this a police issue.
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#4Sativa_RosePosted 4/21/2013 2:08:48 PM
Being arrested is ridiculous. Just put his ass in detention for a day or two.
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#5starjackersethPosted 4/21/2013 2:11:53 PM(edited)
Anarchy_Juiblex posted...
which shows a rifle

This is the issue, it has nothing to do with the NRA.


Truth. Any depiction of a gun in school is now a very serious offense.

That's why that elementary student was suspended (actually think expelled) from school for making a "gun-shape" out of his bread, and another one for making a "gun-shape" with his hand.


I wouldn't be surprised if the word "gun" was taking out of text books completely.
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#6theSMITHSPosted 4/21/2013 2:12:56 PM
I remember when people were arrested at Bush rallies for wearing T-shirts criticizing him and the Iraq war. I guess democracy was on the march abroad because it was being exported from here.
#7game freakozoidPosted 4/21/2013 2:15:17 PM
Assuming that the article is telling everything, arresting him may have been going a bit to far. However, the school and school faculty have every right to ask him to change his shirt if they wish.
#8ForsakenHermitPosted 4/21/2013 2:24:49 PM
They should have asked him to turn the shirt inside out.
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#9buddhamonsterPosted 4/21/2013 2:28:07 PM
The school reserves the right to request you change your clothes should it depict something they deem offensive, violent, or sexual.

I'd say a gun could easily fall under the violence category, and since it's based off of individual interpretation, the general rule would probably be to just change the shirt and be done with it if the attire is called into question. Arguing with the teacher and making a scene will very rarely work in your favor.

That said, an arrest being made does seem extreme. It probably could have been handled with just the administration and of course the parents/guardian.
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#10OrcaPosted 4/21/2013 2:29:06 PM
game freakozoid posted...
Assuming that the article is telling everything, arresting him may have been going a bit to far. However, the school and school faculty have every right to ask him to change his shirt if they wish.


It says it's for the argument, not the shirt. Just how far did this argument go?
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