A West Virginia teenager who was arrested and suspended from school after he refused to remove an NRA T-shirt is back in class. Fourteen-year-old Jared Marcum of Logan returned to Logan Middle School on Monday after serving a one-day suspension.
‘Right to free speech’
The school district’s dress code prohibits any profanity, violence, discriminatory messages, but the noted that gun images are not on the list. The teen’s lawyer, Ben White, says school administrators maintain that Marcum disrupted the educational process. He says Marcum was exercising his right to free speech and wasn’t disruptive.
‘Remove the shirt’
Logan police arrested Marcum at the school last Thursday after he refused a teacher’s order to remove the shirt. White says prosecutors are reviewing the case to determine whether to file charges.
Marcum wore the same shirt to school Monday. It displays the NRA logo and a hunting rifle. Other students across Logan County wore similar shirts, which display the NRA logo and a hunting rifle, to school in a show of support for 14-year-old Jared Marcum, said his lawyer Ben White.
Did the school have the right to have Jared Marcum arrested based on what happened? Should schools ban gun images on clothes instead?
Source: Fox News