Not a Joke: West Virginia 8th Grader Suspended & Arrested Over NRA T-Shirt

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Seeing this piece of news is downright confusing: a middle-schooler arrested and facing charges for obstruction and disturbing the education process for wearing a t-shirt?

Granted, the kid, 8th grader Jared Marcum, did get into a dispute with his teacher, why was there a dispute in the first place? He was wearing an NRA t-shirt that has a rifle on it. Seriously. And there is no policy that explicitly forbids it in the school district. Clothing with profanity, violence, discriminatory messages and more are banned, but there is nothing that bans clothing with gun images.

When 8th grade Jared Marcum got dressed for school on Thursday he says he had no idea that his pro-Second Amendment shirt would initiate what he calls a fight over his First Amendment rights.

“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,” Jared said.

It was the image of a gun printed on Jared’s t-shirt that sparked a dispute between a Logan Middle School teacher and Jared, that ended with Jared suspended, arrested and facing two charges, obstruction and disturbing the education process, on his otherwise spotless record.

The kicker of the story:

One question that many are asking is how clothing that displays images of firearms can be punishable when a statue with a soldier carrying both a gun and a grenade stands proudly in the school parking lot.

It’s understandable that people disagree about gun control, but this is absurd. I’ll leave this on a quote fromĀ Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw: “Obviously, gun control and Second Amendment rights are an important and current topic in the country and if schools aren’t going to foster an environment where students can learn about both sides of constitutional question, what sort of education are they receiving?”

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