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Wear a pro second amendment shirt to school, get arrested


When 8th grade Jared Marcum got dressed for school this morning 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.

A good lawyer is about to own someone.

20 Responses to “Wear a pro second amendment shirt to school, get arrested”

  1. Windy Wilson Says:

    I wonder how it would have gone had his shirt merely said “Ausweiss, bitte,” Papers, please?

  2. wastme Says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t call him a terrorist and send him to getmo.

  3. TigerStripe Says:

    Nothing like “catch all” laws that can get you a record more doing nothing wrong. TS

  4. mike w. Says:

    “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,”

    There isn’t a problem with this. The problem is he is a kid who understands his rights but is surrounded by statists.

  5. Dano Says:

    Surprisingly, I don’t feel any safer.

  6. John A Says:

    Not a whole lot of info here. While I certainly think the “grownup” involved was no such thing and over-reacted, if police did more than make sure the boy left the building then there was probably, eventually, some physical action by either or both. Or at least a claim of such.

    Lawyers may well make out with this. Alas, court rulings have generally held that students have no rights as defined in the first 10 Amendments: speech, arms, search-and-seizure…

  7. ATLien Says:

    Nope, John A, I don’t believe that because they charged him with bullshit charges.

    “Disturbing the education process”? Really?

  8. AndyN Says:

    Are cops ever criminally charged with denial of rights under color of law? What this kid was charged with are what decent reporters used to call cover charges. Don’t have anything else to charge somebody with and want to haul him in instead of just giving him a warning and turning him loose? Hit him with disorderly conduct/failure to disburse/disturbing the education process. If there were actual repercussions for cops pulling this kind of crap, and for school employees making what by any rational standard is a false report to the police, we’d see a lot less of this.

    That said, we all know some school employees will react like this. If you’re going to raise kids, part of your job as a parent is to know what kind of schools are available where you choose to live and to plan accordingly.

  9. rickn8or Says:

    Whatever happened to turning the shirt inside-out and everyone getting on with their lives?

  10. Cargosquid Says:

    Whatever happened to letting everyone just wear their clothes and leaving them alone as long as they were “decently” covered.

  11. Tinker Says:

    >“Disturbing the education process”?

    In Tinker v. Des Moines there is a “Material Disruption” doctrine that’s a pretty important test for free speech protection.

    Of course the “test” here is bullshit, but that’s what they seem to be clinging to.

    I wonder what was more scary? The picture of the muzzleloader or the letters “NRA”?

  12. sendarius Says:


    If it was a picture of a muzzle-loader, wouldn’t that mean that it WAS NOT a picture of a fire-arm as defined in statute?

    ie Built before 1899, uses black-powder = NOT A FIREARM

  13. milquetoast Says:

    I wonder what was more scary? The picture of the muzzleloader or the letters “NRA”?

    The shirt has a scoped AR-15 in profile. Although, the person who becomes a pants-wetting totalitarian over an AR would probably have the same reaction to a muzzleloader.

    The shirt also has a NRA seal and, quite appropriately, says “NRA. Protect your rights.”

  14. milquetoast Says:

    btw, it appears this is in Logan County, West Virginia.

  15. poppa india Says:

    My mother was a teacher and school counselor. She said every school has one or two people working there who really like to tell people what to do, and kids are an easy target for them.

  16. Cargosquid Says:

    “Disturbing the education process”

    I’m currently learning to be a teacher. What that sentence describes is what happens EVERY FREAKING DAY by over half of the kids in the class.

    I have to keep my mouth SHUT. And my hands in my pockets. Too many years of Catholic School to put up with their BS. I can’t believe what the teacher puts up with and he thinks that they are showing him respect.


    I must be crazy.

  17. workinwifdakids Says:

    We couldn’t believe a word the news said about the Boston bombing or gun control, but they’re pillars of excellence now? Too funny. Look, we have one side of the story. Perhaps things went exactly like the young man said. Perhaps he screamed, “Fucking make me,” and then started turning over desks. I’ve been teaching too many years to believe a teacher OR a student before I’ve heard from everyone.

  18. Tinker Says:


    I didn’t want to allow “flash” to watch the video, so I searched google news for a text story about “Jared Marcum”. It looks like the NRA prints more than one shirt and it’s possible the oh so accurate Media grabbed the wrong one for their stock photo.

    Regardless, you seem to be correct.

  19. Tinker Says:

    err.. @milquetoast not @sendarius

  20. Sigivald Says:

    “Disturbing the education process” is criminal now?

    Time to just end these State-run schools as a bad idea.

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