8th Grade Teen Suspended And Arrested Over NRA T-Shirt Faces $500 Fine Plus One Year In Jail

June 16, 2013 8:10 amViews: 3478

Teen suspended for wearing NRA t-shirt


A West Virginia eight-grader who was arrested and then suspended over his National Rifle Association T-shirt with an image of a firearm is now facing a $500 fine and one year in the slammer for obstruction an officer.

The controversy over arresting the teen and then charging him with obstruction comes from the fact that when he returned to school after his suspension he was again wearing he exact same shirt as were some of his fellow classmates to show solidarity. The obstructing charge then comes in because the teen was apparently talking too much which the arresting officer claims was keeping him from doing his job.

The teen has no prior arrests or run-ins with the law.

I guess throwing teens in jail for showing support for our founding document is more important than going after hardcore criminals?

Read more from TheBlaze.com below and then watch the video after that:

A judge is allowing prosecutors to move forward with charging Jared Marcum, 14, with obstructing an officer, WOWK-TV reported.

Marcum got into an argument with a teacher over his “Protect Your Rights” NRA shirt at Logan Middle School in April. He was arrested for disturbing the education process and for obstructing an officer — the latter, according to court documents obtained by WOWK, because Marcum refused to stop talking, thus hindering the arresting officer from doing his job.

After Marcum was suspended from school, he returned to class wearing the exact same shirt, as did other students in a show of solidarity.

“Every aspect of this is just totally wrong,” Marcum’s father, Allen Lardieri told WOWK. ”He has no background of anything criminal, up until now and it just seems like nobody wants to admit they’re wrong.”

The family’s attorney, Ben White, said there no mention in the arresting officer’s petition of Marcum making any threats or acting violently.

“In my view of the facts, Jared didn’t do anything wrong,” White said.

White is seeking to have the charges against Marcum dismissed. The teen is due back in court on July 11.

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