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Teen, 14, faces 1 year jail after refusing to take off his NRA t-shirt

By Mason White 6:41 AM June 18, 2013
Jared Marcum 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A teen is now facing one year behind bars after refusing to take off his NRA t-shirt when ordered to do so.

The 14-year-old student from a West Virginia school, who made headlines by refusing to take off his NRA shirt at school, faces a year in jail after being charged with obstructing a police officer.

Jared Marcum, was initially arrested several months ago after refusing to remove a t-shirt with the logo of the NRA and a rifle. On Friday, Marcum was charged with obstructing an officer during the incident, a charge punishable by up to one year in jail and a $500 fine.

“Every aspect of this is totally wrong,” Allen Lardieri, Marcum’s father, said. “He has no criminal record, and it just seems that nobody wants to admit they are wrong,” the father said.

The incident began when Marcum was standing in the cafeteria of his school when the teacher told him he had to remove his shirt or turn it around. Marcum refused, claiming that the shirt was his right to freedom of expression.

The Police Department of Logan County initially claimed Marcum, an eighth grader at Logan High School at the time, had disrupted the educational process. In addition to the obstruction charge, the boy was also charged with making terrorist threats.

The obstruction charge is due to accusations that Marcum refused to stop talking during detention, which hinders the official’s attempt to do his job, according to the Police Department of Logan County.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view