West Virginia teen with NRA T-shirt returns to school after suspension

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on April 23, 2013 at 12:05 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A teenager says his school has backed down in a fight over a T-shirt.

Jared Marcum, an eight-grader, was suspended and arrested last week after refusing to take off a shirt with the image of a gun and the NRA logo on it.

On Monday, he returned to class wearing the same shirt. He said it’s his 1st Amendment right to support the 2nd Amendment.

“I never knew — 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,” Marcum said.

“I don’t see how anybody would have an issue with a hunting rifle and NRA put on the front of a T-shirt, especially when policy doesn’t forbid it,” Allen Laredieri, Marcum’s father, said.

The school said it suspended the teen, because he was being disruptive. He’s charged with disrupting an educational process and obstruction.

His lawyer said they plan to fight those charges.

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