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Kentucky middle school student,14, faces up to 1 year in jail over NRA t-shirt

  • 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

By  Daily Mail Reporter

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 

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.

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 

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 

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.’

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