8th Grader Gun T-Shirt Arrest: Boy Wears NRA T-Shirt

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
April 19, 2013 5:56 pm Last Updated: July 18, 2015 5:20 pm

8th grader gun t-shirt arrest: An 8th grader was arrested after he argued with his teacher about a National Rifle Association t-shirt he had on. The t-shirt prominently displayed a hunting rifle.

Jared Marcum wore the t-shirt, which also said “Protect Your Right,” to Logan Middle School in West Virginia, prompting a teacher to question the boy about it, reported CBS Washington. The questioning reportedly escalated into an argument and he was suspended and arrested this week.

“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,” Allen Lardieri, Jared’s father, was quoted as saying by the station.

“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 told KOWK-TV.

According to its dress policy, Logan Middle School prohibits clothing that includes profanity, violence, and discriminatory messages, according to the station. However, it does not include anything about firearms.

“He did not violate any school policy,” Lardieri said. “He did not become aggressive.”

He was charged with obstruction and disturbing the school’s education process.