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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and a rainbow promotes gayness…

hillsoftx on April 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

nonparisan types prefer gayness over constitutionalism.

cozmo on April 21, 2013 at 10:09 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

A picture of a gun on a shirt IS NOT AN ACT OF VIOLENCE.

And since when do you suspend from school, arrest, AND level criminal charges against a fourteen-year-old for wearing a provocative shirt? Have you decided that the First Amendment needs to be curbed along with the Second?

Jeebus. I feel dumber for having to explain this.

Aitch748 on April 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Progressiveness explained by Pat Condell

Video

Yakko77 on April 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

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

Kids attending Lutheran, Christian or snob schools (e.g. Country Day schools) ususally have to wear prescribed clothing. It may not be a uniform, but no tee shirts or jeans.

bw222 on April 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

picture of a gun promotes violence

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

This is your liberal progressive mentality poisoning this nation—one utterly asinine comment at a time.

Let me ask you this NP, what does a picture of a baby flailing its arms while being flushed down a toilet promote?

Rovin on April 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

To think my Uncle was once cained for ‘hurrying to class’.

Stupidity world over.

EnglishRogue on April 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

It would appear that saner heads in the school district already realize this is a cluster that’s going to bite them. Right now they’re cowering with their lawyers and in damage-control mode.

To keep the damage down – you keep your mouth shut.

GarandFan on April 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

morbius on April 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

That would be great. The student body should show up to class next week wearing t-shirts supporting First and Second Amendment rights in a show of support for their persecuted classmate.

Philly on April 21, 2013 at 10:12 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

Do you have a reading comprehension problem. Private schools have the leeway to prescribe what your children wear and that is what you agreed to when you enrolled them. I taught in public schools for 25 years they are subject to SCOTUS decisions regarding the first amendment. Public schools may censor speech only so far as it interferes with good order and discipline. And it has to be clearly spelled out.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

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

Seems you don’t understand the difference between public and private edumacation.

chewmeister on April 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

OTOH, it’s OK in France to name your son “Jihad” and send him to school wearing a T saying that he is a “bomb”.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g3QGgCa-a5_ZJCTC9TlBeVFeVdyQ?docId=CNG.c4eff9e2f2c1e3de9739407de5d03a48.a81

NorthernCross on April 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Jeebus. I feel dumber for having to explain this.

Aitch748 on April 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

It’s disappointing that our fellow citizens are so eager to silence the speech of political opponents … apparently not realizing the full implications of such censorship.

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM

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

Terrible analogy. Pressure cooker picture would obviously be alluding to or even be seen as celebrating or making light of the attack.

Pro-second amendment shirt with a pic of rifle is celebrating a constitutional right. The only people who would have a problem with this shirt are those against the 2nd amendment. That is not adequate basis to deny a student’s free speech. There is no disruption here. It was not a violent shirt in any way.

bluegill on April 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Seems you don’t understand the difference between public and private edumacation.

chewmeister on April 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

I don’t understand the difference? Seems to me in public schools you’re much more likely to encounter a liberal leaning teacher who is going to have the right to equate a t-shirt of an assault rifle with “violence” and send the kid home. Wow. Big shock.

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

You folks are losing big time from here on out.
Fewer and fewer people will be buying the snake oil you’re selling. The wheels are coming off your Minstrel Show wagon and the donkey is out of food.
Time to trot out the Bearded Lady or the Two Headed Monkey.

Mimzey on April 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

bluegill on April 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM

It is a disruption to all those teachers wearing “Che” tee-shirts of which I saw plenty in the schools I taught in.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Catholics don’t have first amendment rights?

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

While kids are at a private school the law works differently…much like if you have friends over at your private residence. Get it.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM

picture of a gun promotes violence

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Does this include the photoshoped picture of Bambie-in-chief supposedly firing a shotgun? What about DiFi and her ever famous sweeping with an AK? The list goes on, but you, yes, even you, get my drift.

I wear my NRA logo jackets to school regularly in a BLUE city. Gosh, why haven’t I been arrested? Plus, I proudly display a NRA Benefactor-Life member sticker on the window of my car – it has an eagle and crossed rifles – oh the horror of it all.

I guess that after the War of Northern Aggression (the Civil War for non-history buffs), and his stint as Commander in Chief, U S Grant hadn’t had enough so that’s why he became the President of the NRA, I guess to promote violence.

InTheBellyoftheBeast on April 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Terrible analogy. Pressure cooker picture would obviously be alluding to or even be seen as celebrating or making light of the attack.

Picture of a gun obviously alludes to or even is seen as celebrating a nursery school kid getting gunned down.

It’s amazing how blind a person can be when they only want to see their side.

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Enrolling in a private institution is by choice, therefore you have to abide by their rules same as any other private organization. Geez.

chewmeister on April 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

. Wow. Big shock.

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

So that’s how you determine what determines ones 1st amendment rights.
Hmmm.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

The Sisters did a poor job with you. The difference is that private schools have much more leeway in prescribing behavior than public schools.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Picture of a gun obviously alludes to or even is seen as celebrating a nursery school kid getting gunned down.

It’s amazing how blind a person can be when they only want to see their side.

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

So there was a shooting at a nursery school recently?

CW on April 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Marcus don’t you have some pro abortion rally to join?

I find the logic of you freaks truly something to behold.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

why is the kid wearing an NRA shirt?

hes not even old enough to own a gun

his dad most likely made him wear it to provoke a reaction

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

FUNNY these kids can be trusted to take a morning after pill or in many areas have an abortion…but we cannot trust them to not get excited over a picture on a friggin T Shirt.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Jazz, you’re a very good source of information, but if you want to get bumped up to the next tier in the blogosphere, you simply must work on your grammar.

14 year old Jared Marcum went to school that day as usual, but things quickly took a turn for the worse.

Don’t start a sentence with digits. You should have spelled out fourteen.

“They school didn’t even make a statement to the news agencies, much less myself.”

Yes, you were quoting here, but I think you should have inserted (sic) after the first word.

rather than going in to radio silence.

In to should be into.

I’m no English professor.
I never even went to college.
If an ignoramus like me can spot these errors, then a professional blogger should be able to.

itsnotaboutme on April 21, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The partisan nonpartisan is still grasping at straws.

cozmo on April 21, 2013 at 10:24 AM

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

ID-10-T error writ large.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

why is the kid wearing an NRA shirt? hes not even old enough to own a gun

his dad most likely made him wear it to provoke a reaction

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Unlike you, my kids had some very interesting ideas at that age. They were politically aware.

Statist toadies like yourself wouldn’t understand. Now slink off.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Arrested?

Bad enough that the school is trying to suppress students whose political ideas don’t match up with their teachers, but they got the police involved too?

To me the question isn’t what is wrong with our schools. I already know the answer to that.

I want to know what is wrong with our police force! When the teachers called the police, why didn’t the police officer show up, understand the situation, and then tell the teachers to pound sand? Are police officers just automatons now that do whatever their told? Aren’t police officers supposed to try and de-escalate situations so that an arrest isn’t needed? That’s how police officers operated when I was a kid. What’s wrong with our police forces that the officers don’t feel entitled to ignore demands to make an arrest when an arrest is obviously unjustified?

Sackett on April 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Picture of a gun obviously alludes to or even is seen as celebrating a nursery school kid getting gunned down.

It’s amazing how blind a person can be when they only want to see their side.

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Uh Huh..

Mimzey on April 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

why is the kid wearing an NRA shirt?

hes not even old enough to own a gun

his dad most likely made him wear it to provoke a reaction

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Hey, partisan, my son owned guns when he was 11.

itsnotaboutme on April 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Freaking ridiculous! And in West Virginia too!

Othniel on April 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Good for this kid. Conservatives cannot surrender to this ongoing attempt to demonize firearms. I have a molon labe t-shirt that has a silhouette of one of those evil & scary AR-15′s. I have not worn it to work, because all the office pansies, much like Hot Air poster nocluisan, would probably huff and puff. Naturally, in true Minnesota passive aggressive, they would complain to my bosses behind my back like the true losers these Beta types are. So I want to salute this young men whether or not he intended to cause a controversy. If he did, good for taking on these bullies. If not, good for him for not bothering to concern himself what the bullies think at all.

VengeanceIsMine on April 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Serious question…How old are you? Because your comments here indicate that you have no life experience whatsoever.

BeachBum on April 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Bwahahahahahahaha. Got my grandson his first at 12yo. Sent him to Appleseed too. Better look out for him as I sponsored his NRA membership. He might be provocative in his hat and tshirt and make you tremble.

Limerick on April 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

why is the kid wearing an NRA shirt? Because he wants to, and there is nothing wrong with it.

hes not even old enough to own a gun Exactly what does that have to do with it?

his dad most likely made him wear it to provoke a reaction So?

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

InTheBellyoftheBeast on April 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Picture of a gun obviously alludes to or even is seen as celebrating a nursery school kid getting gunned down.

It’s amazing how blind a person can be when they only want to see their side.

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The irony is off the charts in this post. Suddenly it’s reasonable to take the image of a rifle as a celebration of the massacre of young children??? What’s next, proposing banning images of guns in the way that Germany bans displays of the swastika?

Aitch748 on April 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I would have expelled him for the “I’m a belieber” haircut.

Axe on April 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Picture of a gun obviously alludes to or even is seen as celebrating a nursery school kid getting gunned down.

It’s amazing how blind a person can be when they only want to see their side.

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

So using that logic, no shirts should be allowed with a picture of a car (drunk drivers kill kids), any type of weapon (coat of arms, etc,), baseball teams (they use bats, lots of people killed with bats), hammers, frying pans, etc. You get the drift. Pretty much any object can and has been used to kill someone. And let’s not forget political figures.

chewmeister on April 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Hey, partisan, my son owned guns when he was 11.

itsnotaboutme on April 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

wait, whats the age limit on guns?

can I give a 4yr old a pistol for a birthday present?

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:29 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
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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

.
We’re surrendering our language in the misuse of the word “violence”.
I’ve said here before … I am NOT anti-violence, neither are most of the rest of us here.
We are anti-murder, anti-assault … in other words, anti-lawlessness.

The word “violence” has been skewed to imply that ALL violence is wrong. I reject that.
Using a firearm in self-defense is VIOLENT, but it’s not wrong.

Using a firearm to shoot an animal is VIOLENT, and may or may NOT be wrong. It’s perfectly legitimate to shoot an animal for food or “control”, but if you shoot someone elses’ animal without permission, it’s a crime … unless their animal poses a danger to yourself or others.

VIOLENCE IS NOT WRONG, lawlessness is.
.
However, opposing a school student wearing a T-shirt that has a picture of a firearm on it is in line with advancing “the agenda.”

NOTHING gets in the way of the agenda.

listens2glenn on April 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

The left is nuts

tomas on April 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Picture of a gun obviously alludes to or even is seen as celebrating a nursery school kid getting gunned down.

It’s amazing how blind a person can be when they only want to see their side.

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

“Picture of a gun” had nothing to do with that kid getting sent home. It’s the NRA. The NRA is the left’s current boogeyman. They always have to demonize something or somebody to push their agenda. My older sister is a liberal, and before the Boston Bombers were identified, she was convinced the NRA had done the bombing. She thinks the NRA is evil.

TarheelBen on April 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Sackett on April 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Evidently the Police Department in that town has zero tolerance policies for how they do their jobs. They should have quietly explained to the teacher and the principal that arresting the kid was a bad move on the schools part.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 10:30 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

um..let me guess..your head was probably too far up your rectum to have read the following little tidbit:

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

The War Planner on April 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

why is the kid wearing an NRA shirt?

hes not even old enough to own a gun

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I wore shirts with cars as logos, and I wasn’t old enough to enough drive legally! I’m such a rebel.

When I was in school, there were kids who wore Che Guevara shirts.

Should they have been arrested for promoting violent revolution?

sentinelrules on April 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Instead of having their lawyer research the issue, contact FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) and have them take the lead. It is their speciality.

A.S.R. on April 21, 2013 at 10:31 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

We have to fight that with two hands. If they are able to accomplish it, we’ve lost. They are trying desperately to turn a rifle into a cigarette.

Axe on April 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM

This is a violation of Justin Bieber’s First Amendment rights.

SoulGlo on April 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Instead of having their lawyer research the issue, contact FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) and have them take the lead. It is their speciality.

A.S.R. on April 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM

FIRE handles cases involving colleges and universities, not middle schools.

aunursa on April 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

his dad most likely made him wear it to provoke a reaction

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

So?

NorthernCross on April 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Picture of a gun obviously alludes to or even is seen as celebrating a nursery school kid getting gunned down.
It’s amazing how blind a person can be when they only want to see their side.
Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I think you’re missing the point. And I hope you’re being sarcastic in your first sentence. You brought up the pressure cooker shirt. The only reason to wear that shirt now would be to allude to the Boston attack. Get it?

But a pro-2nd amendment shirt could not reasonably or objectively be seen as celebrating nursery school shootings. No one believes that was the intent, and I doubt anyone in the class ever got that message from it. The point is that the teacher didn’t like the message. Only an MSNBC regular viewer would get that message from an innocuous shirt like this one.

Marcus, I know you’re a big gay marriage guy, which is fine. How would you feel about a student getting suspended for wearing a pro-gay marriage shirt? A teacher might deem it offensive enough, even if no students seemed to mind or feel bothered by it. Or how about a pro-Romney shirt? Maybe a liberal teacher could say the shirt is disruptive because it supposedly promotes bigotry.

It would one thing if this student was violating some written rule, but he wasn’t. He just offended a teacher’s (and maybe a principal’s) political sensibilities.

bluegill on April 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Here is some scary stuff for you partisan: Appleseed

Limerick on April 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

why is the kid wearing an NRA shirt?

hes not even old enough to own a gun

his dad most likely made him wear it to provoke a reaction

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Seriously? So, if he wore a shirt with a picture of Obama that would be okay, even though he’s not old enough to vote? You’re weapons grade stupid.

chewmeister on April 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Depends on the 4 year old. Eskimo children that young are taught in the use of skinning knives to help skin seals. In your case I wouldn’t advise that since you probably don’t know which is the business end of the weapon and wouldn’t have taught your child proper handling and safety.

chemman on April 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Hey, partisan, my son owned guns when he was 11.

itsnotaboutme on April 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

.
wait, whats the age limit on guns?

can I give a 4yr old a pistol for a birthday present?

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

.
What’s the level of responsibility the child in question displays?

I can’t see giving a 4 yr old any firearm, then sending them out to play.

But I was able to shoot my first deer at age 12, hunting alone.
Back in 1971, you could still do that.

listens2glenn on April 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

I wore shirts with cars as logos, and I wasn’t old enough to enough drive legally! I’m such a rebel.

sentinelrules on April 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Don’t you know that cars kill more people than guns do? Think of the children!

NorthernCross on April 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM

his dad most likely made him wear it to provoke a reaction

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

So he was sort of doing what trolls do on HA? Is that what you are saying?

And for that he should be hauled out of class, disciplined, suspended from school, tarred and feathered, and have a permanent black mark placed on his record?

Ironic, ain’t it?

farsighted on April 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

But I was able to shoot my first deer at age 12, hunting alone.
Back in 1971, you could still do that.

listens2glenn on April 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Shotgun at 12; rifle at 13. I’m not sure what Nonpartisan’s thinking.

Axe on April 21, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Don’t you know that cars kill more people than guns do? Think of the children!

NorthernCross on April 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM

A NASCAR shirt would be truly evil!…//

TarheelBen on April 21, 2013 at 10:37 AM

It’s amazing how blind a person can be when they only want to see their side.

Marcus on April 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

…yes Aurelius!…do you have a guide dog?

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Sounds like the school is putting forward their most plausible argument.

HitNRun on April 21, 2013 at 10:39 AM

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.

Get some financial support and sue. Sue the school board. Sue the principal. Sue the city. Sue everything in sight. Then sue ‘em again. This prog indoctrination is overruling the values of parents and has to be brought to a screeching halt. The indoctrinators have to be made to pay.

petefrt on April 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

why is the kid wearing an NRA shirt?

hes not even old enough to own a gun

his dad most likely made him wear it to provoke a reaction

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Look closely, it’s a non-lethal skeet shotgun!

from my understanding, a skeet gun would lack killing power as its not built to kill

nonpartisan on April 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

slickwillie2001 on April 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Something has gone pretty seriously off the beam here

Not if you understand the plan which is to brainwash the young ones to fear any and all firearm related things. I would bet money that within the year we will start hearing about school kids turning in their parents or relatives that own firearms.

Dr. Frank Enstine on April 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM

slickwillie2001 on April 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

;) well it would make a helluva club though.

Limerick on April 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Sounds like the school is putting forward their most plausible argument.
HitNRun on April 21, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Hahaha. Exactly. I hope the guilty parties get named and shamed. If my child got threatened with an arrest or suspension over wearing a harmless NRA shirt, there would be hell to pay.

bluegill on April 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

I sent this message to the principal and vice-principals:

Have you just lost your minds?

Hi,

The alternative is that you have no respect for the Constitution, particularly the 1st and 2nd Amendments. Whether your minds are clouded by mental health issues or a rigid totalitarian ideology, it would appear it has spilled over into the performance of your duties, and that you have no business administering a school or teaching our young. All involved in this outrage should apologize and resign and then seek appropriate help.

You can send a message, too!

http://lc2.boe.loga.k12.wv.us/loganmid/faculty/administrators.htm

claudius on April 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

from my understanding, a skeet gun would lack killing power as its not built to kill

nonpartisan on April 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

.
Look closely, it’s a non-lethal skeet shotgun!

slickwillie2001 on April 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

.
I suppose if it was loaded with rock-salt ……….

listens2glenn on April 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I first went shooting at age 12 while in middle school. It was a Boy Scout trip.

So… yeah… West Virgina, he probably has used a gun before. I swear it’s like these liberals are from another world. That by itself would be fine, but they keep on insisting that their way is the only way, and they will do whatever they have to to impose their will on others.

Sackett on April 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM

We have to fight that with two hands. If they are able to accomplish it, we’ve lost. They are trying desperately to turn a rifle into a cigarette.

Axe on April 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Exactly.

petefrt on April 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Some gems from the idiot guests on This Week on ABC:

- We’re a nation of immigrants (makes no distinction between legal and illegal immigrants)
- We need to get Americans out of the shadows (he said it twice — referring to foreigners here illegally … calls them “Americans in the shadows” … LMAO)

Paul-Cincy on April 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Common Core, working exactly as intended. Shut down public schools.

nobar on April 21, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Seems to me that the police arrested the kid due to the disruption caused by the teacher. All the kid did was dress himself properly. The teacher/principle were the ones who got their knickers in a knot and called the cops. At least they are out in the open with their biases now and parents can question the school board about why this principle is in charge of these kids.

Kissmygrits on April 21, 2013 at 10:46 AM

You can send a message, too!

http://lc2.boe.loga.k12.wv.us/loganmid/faculty/administrators.htm

claudius on April 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Bump.

petefrt on April 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Of course, had the teen worn a picture of a bomb detonator to school, the administration probably would have given him an award for being so “forward looking”

J_Crater on April 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Hahaha… If my child got threatened with an arrest or suspension over wearing a harmless NRA shirt, there would be hell to pay.

blueball on April 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

…I don’t think you are in any imminent danger of that scenario occurring anytime soon!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I suggest that the teen sue the school for $250 million
I can assure you that they will never arrest anybody for a T-shirt again

J_Crater on April 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

My lawn is green.

Aviator on April 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Alligators are very dangerous. All Izod should be banned.

A polo mallet could be used to harm someone, ban all Polo. Not to mention the image of the horse itself, which is the symbol of the US Cavalry and the evil white men who rode those horses…

reaganaut on April 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

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.

I’m sure the rules also say nothing about images of Marx, Che or Mao. But the school wouldn’t have any problem with those shirts.

RadClown on April 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Logan Middle School Principal:
Ernestine Sutherland
esutherl@access.k12.wv.us

Logan County Board of Education Members:

President Phyllis Adkins NO EMAIL address available

Bill Davis w.davis@access.k12.wv.us

Jim Frye jim.frye@access.k12.wv.us

Mark McGrew mmcgrew@access.k12.wv.us

Dr. Pat Joe White pjwhite@access.k12.wv.us

Mike Morrissey on April 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Maybe next time he can wear a shirt with a picture of a printing press on it saying “support your first amendment rights.” Of course, the exercise of that right sometimes offends certain groups of people who tend to engage in beheadings and suicide bombings, so maybe a shirt with a picture of a search warrant that promotes the fourth amendment… on the other hand, the fourth amendment is probably just the last refuge of people who want to hide illegal guns from the authorities. Maybe we should just chuck this whole pernicious “Bill of Rights” business– whatever rights the government thinks we need or deserve should certainly be more than adequate.

morganfrost on April 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Look closely, it’s a non-lethal skeet shotgun!

from my understanding, a skeet gun would lack killing power as its not built to kill

nonpartisan on April 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

slickwillie2001 on April 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

rogerb II…(:->)

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Some gems from the idiot guests on This Week on ABC:

- We’re a nation of immigrants (makes no distinction between legal and illegal immigrants)
- We need to get Americans out of the shadows (he said it twice — referring to foreigners here illegally … calls them “Americans in the shadows” … LMAO)

Paul-Cincy on April 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

The ‘shadows’ bullcrap enrages me. They aren’t in the f’n shadows, they are marching in the streets of our cities carrying Mexican flags.

slickwillie2001 on April 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

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

“Put it in writing!”

People should learn memorize that. If the district wouldn’t give it to Jared, then the mother should have taken him to school the next morning and said that. If she did not get a satisfactory response, she should have written out a letter then and there to that effect.

Dusty on April 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Hey, partisan, my son owned guns when he was 11.

itsnotaboutme on April 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

wait, whats the age limit on guns?

can I give a 4yr old a pistol for a birthday present?

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Nonpartisan argues like a 12 year old.

And I don’t think it means age ‘limit’.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. –Abraham Lincoln

Sage advice for nonpartisan.

stvnscott on April 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Look closely, it’s a non-lethal skeet shotgun!

from my understanding, a skeet gun would lack killing power as its not built to kill

nonpartisan on April 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

slickwillie2001 on April 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

…rogerb II…(:->)

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Nonpartisan debates out its ass on a regular basis. He truly knows nothing.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Even if the kid is wrong…the punishment is absurd to the extreme. Great way to teach kids huh?

tomas on April 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

his dad most likely made him wear it to provoke a reaction

nonpartisan on April 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I would have though Boston at least taught people like you that unfounded speculation prior to acquisition of facts is unwise.

Looks like I was wrong. But not as wrong as you are being.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Remember, folks — partisanhack is NOT a liberal! /

Liam on April 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

I propose the NRA create a 2nd Ammendment gun rights awareness ribbon that kids can wear to school.

farsighted on April 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Sage advice for nonpartisan.

stvnscott on April 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM

He thought that Obama could overturn the 2nd Amendment.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Ammendment Amendment

farsighted on April 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Nonpartisan debates out its ass on a regular basis. He truly knows nothing.

CW on April 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM

…so… THAT’s why noforeskin‘s a$$ hurts?

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Even if the kid is wrong…the punishment is absurd to the extreme. Great way to teach kids huh?

tomas on April 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

That’s typical of schools these days. Children and their parents must be taught that debating a liberal point of view results in harsh swift punishment.

Liam on April 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

I tried posting each name and email address. Did not let me so here is a few links:

School Board

Logan Middle School Administration

Mike Morrissey on April 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM

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