A West Virginia eighth-grader was arrested and suspended this week after wearing an NRA “Protect Your Rights” T-shirt with an image of a gun on it to school.
Logan County police confirmed that Jared Marcum was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts: obstruction and disturbing the education process.
"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," Marcum said about the T-shirt.
The T-shirt became the source of an argument with Marcum's Logan Middle School teacher, after which Marcum was suspended.
The Logan County School District dress code prohibits any clothing that displays profanity, discriminatory messages or violence. The document does not explicitiy state that students cannot wear clothing with images of firearms.
His father, Allen Lardieri, said the incident was blown out of proportion. "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," he said.
"He did not violate any school policy," he continued. "He did not become aggressive."
An excerpt from the Logan Middle School’s dress code policy, published by The Blaze, states:
A student will not dress or groom in a manner that disrupts the educational process or is detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of others. A student will not dress in a manner that is distractive or indecent, to the extent that it interferes with the teaching and learning process, including wearing any apparel that displays or promotes any drug-, alcohol- or tobacco-related product that is prohibited in school buildings, on school grounds, in school-leased or owned vehicles, and at all school-affiliated functions.
Lardieri claims his son did not do anything wrong, and he’s not ready to let the matter go.
“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,” he said.
WOWK-TV reported Marcum has an otherwise spotless criminal record.