LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (CBSDC) — An eighth-grade student was suspended and arrested after getting into an argument with his teacher about a National Rifle Association t-shirt he was wearing.
CBS affiliate WOWK-TV reports that Jared Marcum wore an NRA t-shirt that displayed a gun to Logan Middle School. A teacher questioned Marcum about the shirt, which ultimately led to his arrest and suspension.
“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, told WOWK.
The Logan County Schools Board of Education website states that “inappropriate dress and grooming” is a violation if it disrupts the educational process or the welfare of others.
Lardieri states that his son’s shirt did not violate this policy.
“He did not violate any school policy,” Lardieri told WOWK. “He did not become aggressive.”
Marcum said he did not see a problem with the shirt he was wearing.
“I never thought it would go this far because, honestly, I don’t see a problem with this,” Marcum told WOWK. “There shouldn’t be a problem with this.”
He was charged with obstruction and disturbing the education process. Logan County School officials have yet to comment.