Eighth-grade student Jared Marcum stood up for both his First and Second Amendment rights on Monday when he returned to school wearing the same NRA t-shirt that got him suspended and arrested.
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“There’s a lot of people wearing this same exact shirt, showing great, great support and I really appreciate it,” Jared said just before walking into school.
Jared’s father, Allen Lardieri, says getting Jared back into school was his first priority.
“We’ve completed the first leg of what we wanted to accomplish here,” Lardieri said. “Now, we’re working on the next step, which is trying to clear his name.”
Lardieri says that he was informed by Logan City Police on Thursday that his son was facing two charges, obstructing an officer and disrupting the education process. However, Jared’s attorney Ben White says that wasn’t the police department’s call to make.
“He was arrested, he was put into handcuffs, he was removed from the school and brought to the Logan City Police Department,” White said. “Charges aren’t officially filed or brought until the prosecuting attorney’s signs off on them and they don’t do that willy nilly. They do that after a thorough investigation.”
An investigation is currently underway.