8th grader suspended, arrested for wearing NRA shirt

posted at 9:31 am on April 21, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Another fine product of our public school system, I suppose. On Thursday, there was a bit of a dust-up at Logan Middle School in Logan, West Virginia, which was probably overshadowed by all the other news taking place. 14 year old Jared Marcum went to school that day as usual, but things quickly took a turn for the worse.

When 8th grade Jared Marcum got dressed for school on Thursday 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.

Let’s take a look at the horrible, offensive shirt which caused such a disruption.

NRAtshirt

It’s a rifle and an NRA logo. As the article goes on to point out, school dress code policy has restrictions on clothing with images of violence, racism and the usual list of prohibitions, but there is nothing about images of guns. His father, Allen Lardieri, had to leave work to rush over and pick his son up and is now trying to figure out how a kid with a perfectly clean record is suddenly facing criminal charges over a shirt. Meanwhile, after three days passed, the school still has nothing to say.

From the moment 13 News first broke this story on 13 News at 11 on Thursday, emails, Facebook posts and phone calls from people all across the country have been pouring in. Despite all of the attention, Jared Marcum and his family say they’re no closer to a resolution than they were when it all began…

Lardieri says his questions for the school district remain unanswered.

“I’m still confused, thoroughly confused,” he said. “They school didn’t even make a statement to the news agencies, much less myself.”

After several attempts the only comment 13 News received from the Logan County School District was no comment.

“They gave me no paperwork, all they said to my mother was not to bring me back to school the next day,” Jared said.

I wouldn’t be terribly shocked to see this story if it were taking place in New York, Connecticut or San Francisco, but this is all unfolding in West Virginia. Something has gone pretty seriously off the beam here, and it looks like the problem is coming from their school district. Obviously, gun control and Second Amendment rights are an important and current topic in the country and if schools aren’t going to foster an environment where students can learn about both sides of a constitutional question, what sort of education are they receiving?

The family plans to work with their attorney to get the criminal charges dismissed and off the boy’s record and then may pursue a civil suit against the school if appropriate. Of course, it would be nice if the school could at least say something to let the parents know what’s going on rather than going in to radio silence.


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No paperwork = I’m sending my kid back to school the next day. Preferably with the same t-shirt. If they want to make it official, they need to make it on the record.

Mohonri on April 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM

If Jetboy or ‘Capitalist’ Hog’s kid had been similarly treated for wearing a pro-gay or pro-atheist shirt respectively, this would be an international front-page story by now.

MelonCollie on April 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM

And out in front of their school is a statue of what looks like a Minute Man…. holding a rifle.

Yes.. guns are so evil we cannot bear to look even at their image.

Gun is the word which must not be spoken.. and the image which must not be seen.

JellyToast on April 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Apparently the administrators haven’t been taught about the First Amendment.

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

I urge the NRA to get involved. My dues would be well spent supporting this family. ACLU?

NotEasilyFooled on April 21, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Of course the school did the right thing. Firearms are the epitome of violence racism and all the other things prohibited on shirts in school. Especially vulgarity.

Geesh, haven’t y’all been listening to the media and our dear leaders.

cozmo on April 21, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Lucky thing the Boston terrorists weren’t NRA members.

profitsbeard on April 21, 2013 at 9:39 AM

if schools aren’t going to foster an environment where students can learn about both sides of a constitutional question, what sort of education are they receiving?

It’s not about education, it’s about indoctrination.

oldernwiser on April 21, 2013 at 9:39 AM

The parents should pass this along to the NRA if they haven’t already heard about it. The NRA has the resources, money and legal, to make the school squirm over this foolishness.
Oh, first!

countrybumpkin on April 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Fight this! Get the NRA involved. I’m sick of the garbage going on in this country.

neyney on April 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Why was he arrested?

On the face this story only supports what we already thought of our schools.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

That school is going to get a costly lesson in Constitutional law. Their “no comment” suggests they know that — they are trying to figure out how to stuff the genie back in the bottle.

Rational Thought on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

um the school has a policy agaisnt violence…the shirt has a gun.

2+2 = 4

also, the kid was most likely trying to be provocative with this little stunt.

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Something has gone pretty seriously off the beam here, and it looks like the problem is coming from their school district

Public education has been taken over by the enemy. Educators know damn well that students do have some First Amendment rights (e.g., wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam war) and this t shirt in no way intimidates or threatens anyone. This action is simply another attempt to indoctrinate our youth that guns = bad.

Personal liability for the administrators.

rbj on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

for wearing a pro-gay or pro-atheist shirt

Maybe schools should have a policy against messages on t-shirts period. LOL, I remember a “Leave it to Beaver” with the Beav wearing a sweatshirt to school with a cartoon of a big face with it’s eyes sticking out. Of course he was sent home and Ward shamed him with “BEAVER!!”

If I was a middle school teacher with a liberal bent, I would have done the same thing under the “violence” clause.

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

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

…WTF?…that’s what you get…for not wearing a Che or Gay shirt?

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

The Boston bombers would approve of the school cracking down on this kid. Armed Americans are a threat to Jihadists.

JellyToast on April 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Public schools have become radicalized

Weight of Glory on April 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

His hair is reason enough for suspension.

happytobehere on April 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

MelonCollie on April 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Yep. That kid picked one of the non-protected topics to express, the other being Christianity.

KS Rex on April 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

um the school has a policy agaisnt violence…the shirt has a gun.

2+2 = 4

also, the kid was most likely trying to be provocative with this little stunt.

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Picture of a gun does not equal violence. You do realize with your inane pronouncements that you have no credibility here?

rbj on April 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Something has gone pretty seriously off the beam here, and it looks like the problem is coming from their school district.

Look no further than the Nationa Education Association. The destruction of this country is well underway and we have only ourselves to blame.

dmann on April 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I want the name of the teacher involved.

bluegill on April 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Arrogant leftist Democrats doing what arrogant leftist Democrats do, use the power of their government position to deliver their losing arguments. Disgusting.

Zorro on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

um the school has a policy agaisnt violence…the shirt has a gun.

2+2 = 4

also, the kid was most likely trying to be provocative with this little stunt.

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

The shirt shows a gun. The shirt doesn’t show violence.

And on what basis do you concluded that the student was trying to be provocative? And if that’s true, on what basis would a provocative messsage infringe on his constitutional rights? The whole point of the First Amendment is to protect messages that are provocative and controversial.

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Picture of a gun does not equal violence. You do realize with your inane pronouncements that you have no credibility here?

rbj on April 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

picture of a gun promotes violence

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

rbj on April 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

The genius of nonpartisan cannot be dismissed. That is the type of modern beta-man who is running the federal government…and schools.

cozmo on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

also, the kid was most likely trying to be provocative with this little stunt.

noforeskin on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

….blowme!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM

In the case of the school district the superintendent, principal and teacher needs to be FIRED.

In the case of the police force the cops involved and their supervisors all the way up the line need to be FIRED for making this arrest.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Hmm, let’s see; called out for something seemingly offensive or quasi-legal, take umbrage when the accused protests, CALL POLICE, hurl accusations and inflame the situation until an arrest is made, student removed.
What’s wrong with this picture? I’ll bet if he wore a “HOMOSEXUALITY IS COOL” or “MY ABORTION, MY CHOICE” t-shirt, he’d be a hero.

LizardLips on April 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM

One more thing: I think it was much less the image of a rifle depicted, and much more so the admonition to “protect your rights.” It isn’t the guns that so much bother the public school marxists, it’s the fact that a majority of Americans KNOW they have a RIGHT to own them, and that the country is undergoing a powerful moment of reminding the political class of those rights. Constitutional RIGHTS just make leftists folks go berserk. So inconvenient to their cause. Sure, they hate guns, but they REALLY, REALLY hate the Constitution. That kid’s mistake was reminding the authoritarians of their limitations.

Rational Thought on April 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

picture of a gun promotes violence

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

See what I mean?

This beta-man is what we are dealing with when it comes to government types.

cozmo on April 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

I want the name of the teacher involved.

blueball on April 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

…yeah!…that’ll teach her!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

cozmo on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Don’t insult beta-men. At best nonpartisan is a gamma who doesn’t have enough sense to aspire to be a beta.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

picture of a gun promotes violence
nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Sez the peer-reviewed study I’m sure you’re about to provide a link to.

KS Rex on April 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Why was he arrested?

On the face this story only supports what we already thought of our schools.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

He refused to take his shirt off. He was then considered a threat because his shirt was a danger. Too many people have been killed in America by T Shirt violence.

And yes.. our schools are radicalized. If they can’t turn you against your country or at least make you a brain dead follower of socialism… they will find some way to penalize you.

The teacher and the administrators are the real threat to our nation. They are the ones who should be arrested and kicked out of school.

JellyToast on April 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Hey nopenis, how about pictures of rap artists, they promote violence, thus their pictures promote violence. You’re an idiot.

BeachBum on April 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

And on what basis do you concluded that the student was trying to be provocative? And if that’s true, on what basis would a provocative messsage infringe on his constitutional rights? The whole point of the First Amendment is to protect messages that are provocative and controversial.

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

first amendment doesn’t apply in schools

kids are not allowed to curse freely for example or wear a pornographic image

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

The school rule specifies “disruptive” as the standard. However, that is a subjective rule. The leftist teacher used his own ideology as the measure. If it is not a political position supported by the left then it is “disruptive”. That would make a t-shirt with the homosexual equal sign not disruptive but a t-shirt with a drawing of a man and woman with a child and the phrase “family values” disruptive.

scrubjay on April 21, 2013 at 9:50 AM

picture of a gun promotes violence
nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Sez the peer-reviewed study I’m sure you’re about to provide a link to.

KS Rex on April 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

You’ll have to excuse nonpartisan. It has a tiny little head that was formed by a low quality public screwel.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 9:50 AM

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Got it. But Gamma is too masculine to describe the likes of this girly-man. Girly man is too masculine to describe nonpartisan.

We must endeavor to find a moniker for this type of sub-beta-gamma-girly non man.

cozmo on April 21, 2013 at 9:51 AM

also, the kid was most likely trying to be provocative with this little stunt.

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Have you ever taught in a middle or high school? I didn’t think so.
The name of the game is to be as provocative as can be and not get in trouble. Those kids never get suspended. It is very unlikely that any student was offended only the foolish teacher that shouldn’t be in a classroom with any kid.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 9:51 AM

he’d be in the clear if he made a hamas-like youtube video though and traveled to Russia for 6 mos last year.

/opportunities

ted c on April 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

first amendment doesn’t apply in schools

kids are not allowed to curse freely for example or wear a pornographic image

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Sorry but American case law disagrees with you. The First Amendment DOES apply in schools. There are limitations, but within those limitations, teachers and administrators cannot censor a message simply because they don’t like the message.

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

cozmo on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Don’t insult beta-men. At best nonpartisan is a gamma who doesn’t have enough sense to aspire to be a beta.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

…at one point…I think noforeskin was a woman…and then had a series of ‘operations‘…

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

picture of a gun promotes violence
nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

It was a picture- and the gun isn’t even being held.

Seriously you’re dumber than f-ck.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Maybe it promotes hunting, which is a favorite word of all you gun-grabbers.

DrMagnolias on April 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Sorry but American case law disagrees with you. The First Amendment DOES apply in schools. There are limitations, but within those limitations, teachers and administrators cannot censor a message simply because they don’t like the message.

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Shhhh you’re destroying partisan’s black and white thinking.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Apparently the administrators haven’t been taught about the First Amendment.

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

In the words of Dave Barry, “everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and yours is wrong.”

Myron Falwell on April 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Bill Ayers and Kathy Boudin must be laughing their azzes off. “Disturbing the education process” indeed. Hey kid, the acceptable symbols are “Weathermen” and a bomb. I don’t see a college scholarship in your future.

Barnestormer on April 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM

first amendment doesn’t apply in schools

kids are not allowed to curse freely for example or wear a pornographic image

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Yes the first amendment does apply to schools. SCOTUS has allowed certain restrictions provided they apply to good order and discipline. You’ll need to stretch that concept all out of line to apply it to this.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM

first amendment doesn’t apply in schools

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

You’re an idiot. Of course it applies in schools, but schools are given great leeway to prohibit certain dress. This pro-2nd amendment shirt was not against any dress code policy and it certainly doesn’t promote violence. They will claim that the tshirt was disruptive, but that is bull. The teacher simply didn’t like the message.

bluegill on April 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

first amendment doesn’t apply in schools

kids are not allowed to curse freely for example or wear a pornographic image

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

…you have more cells between your legs…than you do between your ears!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Sorry but American case law disagrees with you. The First Amendment DOES apply in schools. There are limitations, but within those limitations, teachers and administrators cannot censor a message simply because they don’t like the message.

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Funny, it was never a problem with me as I went to Catholic schools from nursery school until college and was required to wear a uniform and never once could wear a t-shirt with a “Have a Nice Day!” on it and scream “FIRST AMENDMENT!!!!”

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

And now, forever, this kid will be denied his right to keep and bear arms. He is a criminal. He is ‘unfit for firearms’.

*spits on sidewalk*

Limerick on April 21, 2013 at 9:57 AM

first amendment doesn’t apply in schools

kids are not allowed to curse freely for example or wear a pornographic image

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Yes the first amendment does apply to schools. SCOTUS has allowed certain restrictions provided they apply to good order and discipline. You’ll need to stretch that concept all out of line to apply it to this.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM

-

Remember nonpartisan doesn’t even know how the Amendment process works. Laughable.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 9:57 AM

“Students do not shed their constitutional rights when they enter the schoolhouse door.”
United States Supreme Court
Tinker v Des Moines Independent Community School District

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 9:57 AM

So a marxist teacher can stop teaching, throw a sh!tfit, and violate a kid’s Constitutional rights over a t-shirt…and the kid gets charged with interrupting the eductional process?

Good information for the next time a kid shows up at school in a Che shirt.

Rational Thought on April 21, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Good thing the kid wasn’t wearing a shirt with a picture of a pressure cooker.

The Reasonable Man on April 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Let’s take a look at the horrible, offensive shirt which caused such a disruption.

It’s a rifle and an NRA logo. As the article goes on to point out, school dress code policy has restrictions on clothing with images of violence, racism and the usual list of prohibitions, but there is nothing about images of guns.

Orwellian two-minute hate topic of the day — The evil NRA distributes evil T-shirts to teenagers.

farsighted on April 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Funny, it was never a problem with me as I went to Catholic schools from nursery school until college and was required to wear a uniform and never once could wear a t-shirt with a “Have a Nice Day!” on it and scream “FIRST AMENDMENT!!!!”

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

You’re not real bright.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

You’re an idiot….

blueball on April 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

….how big are those stones you’re casting?

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

kids are not allowed to curse freely for example or wear a pornographic image
nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

HAHAHAHAHAAHA….go to Grover Cleveland HS in Queens where my son teaches, you would be Amazed what they are allowed.

BeachBum on April 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

But its perfectly accepatable to let Johnny use the girls bathroom if he/she/it shim feels like it.

All Hail Progressives

dmann on April 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Funny, it was never a problem with me as I went to Catholic schools from nursery school until college and was required to wear a uniform and never once could wear a t-shirt with a “Have a Nice Day!” on it and scream “FIRST AMENDMENT!!!!”

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Private religious schools have more leeway than public schools.

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I guess every school with a “Cavalier” mascot that shows crossed swords on their t-shirts, hats, and uniforms, is in for a heap of trouble.

teacherman on April 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM

So now does dad and mom lose their 2A rights also? Can they keep firearms if the son lives at home?

Limerick on April 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I don’t see this going over well in Southern West By-God Virginia, or anywhere in that region. Liberal fascist ideologue bullies. The next school board meeting might be interesting. HA should send someone there to cover it. Wonder if Joe Manchin has chimed in yet?

Philly on April 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Meanwhile, Che and Mao t-shirts are perfectly welcome.

surrounded on April 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM

picture of a gun promotes violence

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

You’re a f*cking idiot.

BallisticBob on April 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The school rule specifies “disruptive” as the standard. However, that is a subjective rule. The leftist teacher used his own ideology as the measure. If it is not a political position supported by the left then it is “disruptive”. That would make a t-shirt with the homosexual equal sign not disruptive but a t-shirt with a drawing of a man and woman with a child and the phrase “family values” disruptive.

scrubjay on April 21, 2013 at 9:50 AM

The teacher was disruptive; the kid in the shirt was just quietly sitting in class.

Rational Thought on April 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

blueball on April 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

….how big are those stones you’re casting?

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Hey! Cut her some slack. At least she ain’t begging/bullying for followers…at this time.

cozmo on April 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

picture of a gun promotes violence

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

FBI statistics show that more people are murdered each year with hammers and clubs than rifles. So would a tee shirt with a hammer on it be promoting violence? How about a Batman tee shirt? Those Batman movies have a lot of violence.

TarheelBen on April 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Operative words: private school. Private schools have more leeway on the rules they can have than public school. Plus mom & dad were paying the freight and agreed to those rules.

School paid for directly by public funds are subject to SCOTUS decisions and there has been several dealing with freedom of speech on school grounds.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

FBI statistics show that more people are murdered each year with hammers and clubs than rifles. So would a tee shirt with a hammer on it be promoting violence? How about a Batman tee shirt? Those Batman movies have a lot of violence.

TarheelBen on April 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

A golf club? Ask Tiger.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

also, the kid was most likely trying to be provocative with this little stunt.

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Attempted Provocation, oh the horror! How many years you giving him?

hillsoftx on April 21, 2013 at 10:02 AM

um the school has a policy agaisnt violence…the shirt has a gun.

2+2 = 4

also, the kid was most likely trying to be provocative with this little stunt.

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

“Provocative” at best should have meant a trip to D-hall or a couple of days in the school’s disciplinary alternative education class.

That’s apparently not what happened. They had him arrested for wearing a T-shirt.

Unless the school district can prove he attacked the teacher physically, that’s an ideologue administrator freaking out and overreacting to a situation where the district already is on very shaky constitutional grounds, depending on what is spelled on in the district’s dress code handbook that students and parents get at the start of each year.

jon1979 on April 21, 2013 at 10:02 AM

um the school has a policy agaisnt violence…the shirt has a gun.

2+2 = 4

also, the kid was most likely trying to be provocative with this little stunt.

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Care to explain how a gun = violence in your twisted little mind?
Unless you’re talking about violence against paper (targets).
Using your logic (stupidity), I should have killed thousands by now.
Moron

chewmeister on April 21, 2013 at 10:02 AM

FBI statistics show that more people are murdered each year with hammers and clubs than rifles. So would a tee shirt with a hammer on it be promoting violence? How about a Batman tee shirt? Those Batman movies have a lot of violence.

TarheelBen on April 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

A hammer and sickle would be Perfectly acceptable.

BeachBum on April 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM

I wonder if he’d be in trouble if his shirt only had the text of the Second Amendment written on it. After all the word “arms” appears there, and would undeniably promote violence.

The Reasonable Man on April 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM

picture of a gun promotes violence

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

LOL.

Tell that to Hollywood and the Tinseltown crowd.

farsighted on April 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Of course, it would be nice if the school could at least say something to let the parents know what’s going on rather than going in to radio silence.

They’re shaking in their boots. And their attorney should be scrambling for a “compromise” to make the whole thing go away. I didn’t see anything in the policy that Jazz posted that comes close to an infraction of the school’s dress code. If defending the 2nd Amendment IS NOW CONSIDERED OFFENSIVE AND RESTRICTIVE IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, where’s the outrage?

Rovin on April 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Nonpartisan getting shredded once again.

Slink away troll, slink away.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM

His father, Allen Lardieri, had to leave work to rush over and pick his son up and is now trying to figure out how a kid with a perfectly clean record is suddenly facing criminal charges over a shirt.

Criminal charges? How many people have been killed by NRA tee shirts?

bw222 on April 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM

“Students do not shed their constitutional rights when they enter the schoolhouse door.”

Restrictions on a student’s free speech rights are valid only if the speech “would substantially interfere with the work of the school.”

United States Supreme Court
Tinker v Des Moines Independent Community School District

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Private religious schools have more leeway than public schools.

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 9:59

Catholics don’t have first amendment rights?

And regarding the pressure cooker: try wearing a t-shirt with a pressure cooker to a Boston public school next week. You’ll be sent home. Ah, but you’ll get your picture on HotAir.

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Up the ante. All freedom loving parents with children in this school should send them to class with NRA tee shirts . Let’s see what the fascist bullies do then.

morbius on April 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I’ve had it with this place.

There should be a lower limit on IQ required to post and ‘nonpartisan’ would obviously not clear the bar.

gh on April 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

As a parent, the only thing I see about that shirt that makes it inappropriate for school is that it’s sleeveless. You’re going to school, not the gym.

ButterflyDragon on April 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

The greatest honor a soldier can wear is the CIB. A blue badge with a rifle on it. If dad/mom in uniform wants to pick up their kid in school are they subject to arrest?

Limerick on April 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Operative words: private school. Private schools have more leeway on the rules they can have than public school. Plus mom & dad were paying the freight and agreed to those rules.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Wrong. My kids went to Catholic school and they wore uniforms prescribed by the school.

bw222 on April 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Think this is bad. I taught in a High School in the 90′s in a burb of Los Angeles about 15 miles east. The eventual number one student in the senior class came to get assignments (physics) for the next three days as he had been suspended by an English Teacher for having a disruptive haircut. One side shaved with the other side long that folded over the shaved side. Same kids in both classes. I asked the students did the haircut bother them and they basically shrugged. It was the teacher’s problem as this is the teacher’s problem.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I’m sure that the irony of having a teen wearing the image of a gun arrest by a policeman carrying a gun is totally lost on these cretins.

J_Crater on April 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Funny, it was never a problem with me as I went to Catholic schools from nursery school until college and was required to wear a uniform and never once could wear a t-shirt with a “Have a Nice Day!” on it and scream “FIRST AMENDMENT!!!!”
Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Not sure if you have any kids in public schools now, but you might be shocked at the kind of indoctrination that goes on. This isn’t a case of, “do what you’re told and don’t whine.” This is a case of a teacher not liking the shirt’s message. I don’t buy for a second that anyone thought this shirt in any way posed any kind of threat. The only thing unusual about this story is that it is actually getting attention. This kind of stuff goes on every day in the classrooms, and rarely do parents find out about it or, if they do find out, (sadly) often they don’t even care.

bluegill on April 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

picture of a gun promotes violence
nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

and a rainbow promotes gayness…

hillsoftx on April 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Catholics don’t have first amendment rights?

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Catholics in a public school have the same rights as their fellow students. A private religious school can make many rules that public schools cannot. This is settled case law.

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

ButterflyDragon on April 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

ROFLOL. You’d be surprised what parents allow kids to wear to school.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I asked the students did the haircut bother them and they basically shrugged. It was the teacher’s problem as this is the teacher’s problem.
chemman on April 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

This is so true.

bluegill on April 21, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Public schools have become radicalized

Weight of Glory on April 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Yup and they have thrown common sense out the window. Everyone’s a victim and everyone’s a threat. This whole bullying meme crap is a hammer (much more dangerous than a gun, see TarheelBen) to mold children into compliant simpletons.

Fallon on April 21, 2013 at 10:09 AM

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