- The 14-year-old student has no prior criminal record
- Insists he was only exercising his right to freedom of speech
- Logan Middle School, where the incident occurred, has a statue of a gun holding man out front
PUBLISHED: 12:56 EST, 16 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:56 EST, 16 June 2013
The 14-year-old Kentucky student arrested and suspended from school over a t-shirt now faces the possibility of a year in jail. Originally arrested for wearing a National Rifle Association shirt to school, Jared Marcum was charged Friday with obstructing an officer and faces up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. ‘[Marcum] has no background of anything criminal at all, until now,’ Allen Lardieri, Marcum’s father told WOWK TV. ‘It just seems like nobody wants to admit they’re wrong.’
Suspended: 14-year-old student Jared Marcum was suspended from school and now faces one year in jail for wearing NRA t-shirt to school
The charge of obstruction comes from Marcum refusing to stop talking, hindering the arresting officer’s ability to do his job, according to the police report. Nowhere in the report did it mention Marcum making any threats or doing anything other than talking, the station reported. ‘In my view of the facts, Jared didn’t do anything wrong,” Ben White, Marcum’s attorney said.
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Marcum, while standing on line for lunch in the Logan Middle School cafeteria last month, was ordered by a teacher to either remove his shirt or turn it inside out. Refusing the teacher’s demands resulted in a trip to the school office, where he again refused a similar request, resulting in a call to the police from administrators at a school with a statue of a man holding a gun out front.
Hypocrits: Logan Middle School has this statue just feet from the entrance
Proud papa: Allen Lardieri, Marcum’s father, has vowed to fight to clear his son’s good name
The responding officer told Marcum to sit down and be quiet, Marcum told the Associated press shortly after his arrest. The eighth grader says he instead calmly told the officer that his shirt was not against any school policy, that he was only exercising his freedom of speech. The officer charged him with disrupting an educational process and obstructing an officer. Local officials could not be reached for comment by Mail Online, Marcum has a scheduled court appearance on July 11. ‘Me, I’m more of a fighter and so is Jared and eventually we’re going to get through this,’ Lardieri told the station. ‘I don’t think it should have ever gotten this far.’