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Student arrested, suspended from school after refusing to remove NRA t-shirt

By Mason White 3:57 AM April 22, 2013
Jared Marcum with his controversial shirt 

By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A student was arrested and charged with causing a disturbance related charges after he refused a request by his teacher to remove his NRA t-shirt he wore to school, according to police reports in West Virginia.

The West Virginia eighth-grade student has been charged with causing a disruption inside a high school after he refused to remove the NRA shirt.

Jared Marcum faces charges of obstruction and disrupting the educational process, for refusing to change his shirt, which showed a rifle and the slogan, “protect your right.”

Marcum told a local television news station that he was punished by the officials of Logan Middle School after arguing about the shirt with his teacher, who apparently objected to the image of the gun.

“What they are doing is trying to take away my rights, my freedom of speech and my second amendment,” Jared told the television news station.

Marcum’s father Allen Lardieri told the television news station that he is upset that his son was jailed briefly for something he believes was blown out of proportion.

“I do not see how anyone could have a problem with a hunting rifle and NRA written on a shirt, especially when the policy does not forbid it,” Lardieri told the television news station.

“I think that schools, teachers and police are taking the whole gun violence thing way over the line. Why is it a problem to wear an NRA with a gun but not a problem to wear a shirt showing a Hollywood actor with a gun? This whole thing is silly,” Larry Moore, 23, of Huntington, West Virginia told after learning about the arrest and school suspension.

Some of Marcum’s friends wore shirts that apparently showed pictures of guns in protest of the school action and at least one was told by a teacher to change the shirt.