Photograph Courtesy of: DailyMail.co.uk
It was April 18th, a school day like any other. That is, until 14-year-old Jared Marcum of West Virginia was escorted out of school in handcuffs.

The eighth grader at Logan Middle School was wearing a pro-NRA T-shirt, seen above, when a teacher asked him to remove the shirt or turn it inside out. Marcum refused, and was sent to the principal’s office, where police arrived. Marcum repeatedly stated that it was his right, given by the First Amendment, to wear what he liked. He also stated that the shirt did not violate the school dress code; “Logan County Schools' dress code, which is posted on the school system's website, prohibits clothing and accessories that display profanity, violence, discriminatory messages or sexually suggestive phrases. Clothing displaying advertisements for any alcohol, tobacco, or drug product also is prohibited.” 
The police officer told him to sit down and be quiet, to which he calmly responded  “No, I’m exercising my right to free speech.” Marcum was then arrested on charges of disrupting an educational process and obstructing an officer. Marcum now faces up to a year in jail and/or a $500 fine for these charges.

In earlier cases taken to court, judges have decided that as long as clothing is not profane or lewd, and expresses a message others can understand, it is ok to wear in school, as long as it does not directly violate the school’s written dress code.

Do you think the arrest of Jared Marcum directly violated his First Amendment rights? Will the NRA make a stand for Marcum? Do you think the school had the right to punish him for what he wore? If so, why?

6/28/2013 04:40:41 am

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"

Easily the most misunderstood part of the US Constitution.

6/28/2013 08:24:27 am

What a terrible shame that it has come to this. Freedom of speech doesn't exist anymore.

6/28/2013 09:27:43 am

14 year old wearing pro firearms teeshirt - scary!!!

truth seeker
6/28/2013 11:02:12 am

I can't attest to whether the NRA will stand up for Jared, but I do believe his rights were violated. Even if the school is legally in charge of him while he is there, he is still an American citizen and the Constitution applies to all citizens, even those who aren't adults.

I do understand the why the teacher was offended, however. With the recent amount of school shootings I guess some people are sensitive to the image of guns, especially in a school. However, I believe people fear and hate what they don't understand. The T-Shirt Jared was wearing did not depict violence, rather his, again, Constitutional right, to bear arms (although right now, it is illegal, since he is under 18).

If he's in fact sentenced to a year in juvie, it will go to show that the courts no longer have any regard to or respect for the Constitution, which makes me fear for our country.

6/28/2013 11:07:07 am

I think it's ridiculous for a 14 year old to be wearing a pro NRA t shirt. He couldn't possibly understand at his age the bullying, propaganda tactics that he NRA use under the guise of a persons right to bear arms. Until American people understand the problem with assault weapons and promoting guns to youth there will always be problems. He not old enough to be associated with that organisation and therefore his parents should be questioned as to why there son is exposed to this organisation. There are rules in society and particularly in schools, there times for classes, tests etc all governed by rules. I fully admit im anti gun and really anti nra
however the intervention of the police does violate his rights. If he school had dealt with it I wouldn't have had a problem but it is specifically the governments intervention ie the police that violates his rights.

6/28/2013 11:12:06 am

Personally I wouldn't send my kids to school with an NRA shirt displaying an AK-47. It seems like a stupid reason to get in that much trouble over. He didn't bring a gun to school, didn't hurt anyone. I feel his rights were denied. Just my opinion though.

6/28/2013 02:38:10 pm

Unless the government passes a law restricting what types of t-shirts can be worn in schools then I think he is still in possession of his 1st Ammendment rights.

Is it dumb? Yes. Is it "much ado about nothing"? Yes. Is it a constitutional matter. No.

Nothing particularly wrong with a NRA t-shirt although the cut off sleeves seem like a bit of a white-trash cliche. Lol

6/28/2013 02:48:30 pm

Lets all take note that young Mr Marcum wasn't arrested for wearing a t-shirt but rather some other trumped-up charge.


Leave a Reply.


    September 2013
    August 2013
    July 2013
    June 2013
    May 2013