A West Virginia eight-grader was arrested and charged with two counts of obstruction and disturbing the education process Thursday after he wore a National Rifle Association T-shirt to school.
Jared Marcum, a 14-year-old student at Logan Middle School in Logan, reported to 13 News that his NRA T-shirt with a picture of a gun on it ignited a dispute between him and a teacher that ended in his arrest.
“I’m still confused, thoroughly confused,” he told the station. “The school didn’t even make a statement to the news agencies, much less myself.”
The school would not comment on the matter. The Logan County School District’s dress code policy, however, prohibits clothing that displays profanity, violence and discriminatory messages, but it doesn’t mention anything about weapons, the station reports.
“They gave me no paperwork; all they said to my mother was not to bring me back to school the next day,” Jared said.
Jared’s attorney, Benjamin White, told the station that first they’ll be working on getting the charges dropped. Then, they’ll plan on filing any federal or civil suit that is in order.
“No matter all the attention, I have a genuine fear for my son,” Jared’s father, Allen Lardieri, said. “I do not know where his future lies. He has criminal charges, he has a bright future, this could do a lot to damage that.”
“I will go to the ends of the earth,” he added. “I will call people, I will write letters, I will do everything in the legal realm to make sure this does not happen again.”