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W.Va. Teen Arrested In T-Shirt Flap Back In Class

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - 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.

His 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.

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.

Logan County Schools Superintendent Wilma Zigmond didn't immediately return a telephone message.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)



ORIGINAL STORY

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia student faces charges after he refused to remove a NRA T-shirt that he wore to school.

Jared Marcum of Logan said Sunday the shirt didn't violate Logan Middle School's dress code policy. It displayed the NRA's logo and a hunting rifle.

Marcum says he was exercising his free speech right on Thursday when he refused a teacher's order to remove the shirt.

Marcum says police charged him with disrupting the educational process and obstructing an officer. His stepfather, Allen Lardieri, says the school suspended him.

Their lawyer plans to meet with Principal Ernestine Sutherland on Monday.

A message left Sunday at a phone listing for an Ernestine Sutherland in Logan wasn't immediately returned.

The telephone at the Logan Police Department rang unanswered Sunday.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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