Teen back in school — in NRA shirt

A West Virginia 14-year-old is back in middle school — wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt — after being suspended and arrested for refusing to take it off last week. On Monday, Jared Marcum and about 100 other Logan County students wore shirts with gun rights themes provided by the Sons of the Second Amendment, a gun rights group.

Jared, an eighth grader at Logan Middle School, attended his morning classes wearing a shirt with an NRA logo, a picture of a hunting rifle and the slogan, “Protect your right.” He was standing in a cafeteria line when a teacher told him to turn his shirt inside out. He refused. He was sent to the office, where he again refused to remove the shirt, and arrested on charges of disrupting the educational process and obstructing an officer. He was released to his mother and suspended for a day.

Jared’s attorney, Ben White, said video evidence shows the cafeteria was orderly until the teacher raised his voice while confronting Jared. “I think the disruption came from the teacher,” he said, predicting all charges will be dropped.

The student believes the Second Amendment is being threatened and wore the shirt as an “expression of political speech,” White said.

“What the video shows is that students did step up on the benches to the tables in the lunchroom when they were escorting Jared out of building. Kids jumped up, clapping. Teachers said to get off and be quiet, and they did.”

Logan County schools’ dress code bans clothing and accessories that display profanity, violence, discriminatory messages or sexual language, along with ads for alcohol, tobacco or drugs.

Jared is an honor roll student who plans a career in the military, his attorney said. The 14-year-old certainly understands his legal rights.

A veteran Chicago teacher is suing to reverse a four-day suspension for bringing a pocket knife to school. Douglas Bartlett showed second graders the knife, a box cutter, various wrenches, screwdrivers and pliers “as part of a curriculum-mandated ‘tool discussion’,” his lawsuit states.

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  1. Go Jared!! So glad someone is standing up to the silliness of some of these codes. Seems all speech is protected except that which is currently politically unpopular… hope he not only wins, but recoups legal costs.

  2. Ruth Joy says:

    Is there a policy about teachers disrupting the learning environment?

  3. Richard Aubrey says:

    I ought to make the Twain quote a macro or whatever they call it.
    “First God made idiots. That was for practice. Then He made school boards.”
    Just because this is the only obvious nutcasery that has gone to national attention doesn’t mean there isn’t a consistent level of nutcasery in that system. If the school had been run by ordinary human beings, the teacher’s nutcasery would not have been followed by arrest and suchlike. So we know the whole system has the collective IQ of a sea cucumber and the common sense of a suicidal lemming.
    One can only shudder at the thought of what goes on there routinely.