An 8th grade student in West Virginia was arrested and taken to jail for wearing a National Rifle Association (NRA) t-shirt to school.
Jared Marcum had no idea the trouble that awaited him as he got dressed for school on Thursday morning, or that his pro-Second Amendment shirt would launch a fight over his First Amendment rights, the local CBS affiliate reported.
“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 told WOWK-TV.
His t-shirt has an image of a gun printed on it and that was enough to get him suspended from Logan Middle School, arrested and facing two charges, obstruction and disturbing the education process.
Jared’s father Allen Lardieri had to rush from work to pick his son up from jail over something he says was blown out of proportion, according to WOWK-TV.
“I don’t’ see how anybody would have an issue with a hunting rifle and NRA put on a t-shirt, especially when policy doesn’t forbid it,” Lardieri said.
As noted in the report, the school’s dress code policy prohibits clothing that displays profanity, violence, discriminatory messages and more but nowhere in the document does it say anything about gun images.