Jared Marcum is an 8th grade student at Logan Middle School in West Virginia. Protecting his Second Amendment rights is important to the young man. When he got dressed for school the other day, he put on a brown NRA t-shirt that read: ‘NRA – Protect Your Rights’ along with an image of an assault-style rifle.
When Jared got to school, one of his teachers told him that he had to take his shirt off because of the gun on shirt. Jared refused, explaining that it is his First Amendment right to wear the t-shirt. After a heated dispute with the teacher, Jared was suspended from school and arrest by the local police and charged with obstructing and disturbing the education process.
Jared is a model student and has a spotless record. He has never been in trouble at school and has always been a well-liked student. Now he is facing two criminal charges all because he exercised his right to free speech in supporting the Second Amendment.
When asked about what happened, Jared responded:
"I never thought it would go this far because honestly I don't see a problem with this, there shouldn't be a problem with this."
Allen Lardieri, Jared’s father was livid when he received an emergency call telling him that he had to leave work immediately to come and pick up his son from school. He believes the teacher and school greatly blew the whole incident out of proportion in how they dealt with his son. He told the local news:
"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."
In fact, when the local news tried to contact the school district, they received no response. They were, however, able to obtain a copy of the school’s dress code which forbids clothing that contains profanity, violence and discriminatory messages. There is nothing in the dress code that says anything about portraying guns on clothing.
When this was pointed out to Jared’s father, he replied:
"He did not violate any school policy. He did not become aggressive."
"I will go to the ends of the earth, I will call people, I will write letters, I will do everything in the legal realm to make sure this does not happen again."
From all of the reports I’ve read and listened to, it was the teacher that caused the disruption and obstruction of the educational process, not Jared. The teacher turned it into a big deal when Jared refused to be bullied by the teacher or the school.
If I were Jared’s father, I would be contacting every conservative legal firm I could, asking them to help defend my son and file a lawsuit against the teacher and the school for violating his constitutional rights. Too many teachers and school administrators have been bullying students around and violating their constitutional rights. They need to be stopped and taught that students have rights and one of those rights is not to be bullied by liberal educators.