Mother sues school board for teen’s arrest and suspension over NRA shirt

Oh, I hope Jared wins the full amount and more in his lawsuit – that school and all those named in the suit have richly earned it. His First and Fourteenth Amendment rights were roundly violated here and his Second Amendment rights were slapped as well. Seriously? You can’t wear an NRA t-shirt to school now? I’d get my son the heck out of that school and fast, no matter what it took. West Virginia – you have some ‘splainin’ to do. Even after the specious charges were dismissed against Jared, the school still forced him to serve a one day suspension to prove they were right and to make a political point. Fascists.

A West Virginia mother is suing the Logan County Board of Education for violating
Jared Marcum’s constitutional rights after he was charged and suspended for wearing a
National Rifle Association T-shirt to school. (WBOY 12)

From The Washington Times:

A West Virginia mother is suing the Logan County Board of Education for violating her teenage son’s constitutional rights after he was charged and suspended for wearing an National Rifle Association T-shirt to school.

Tanya Lardieri filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of her son, Jared Marcum, who was charged in 2013 for disrupting the educational process and obstructing a police officer after he refused to turn his NRA T-shirt inside out, reported.

A judge later dismissed the charges, but the school still forced Jared to serve a one-day suspension.

“The shirt was an un-alarming olive green tee shirt bearing the NRA logo, which is the letters ‘NRA’ in black, the words ‘PROTECT YOUR RIGHT,’ an image of a hunting rifle and the officials NRA logo which has an eagle and two cross firearms,” according to the lawsuit, obtained by the Charleston Gazette.

The lawsuit names several school board members, the school district superintendent, several teachers and staffers at Logan Middle School, as well as the principal and the school itself.

The lawsuit claims that Jared was waiting in the lunch line in the school’s cafeteria when he was physically stopped by school secretary Anita Gore, who placed her hand on his chest and prevented him from moving forward, The Logan Banner reported.

The lawsuit says Ms. Gore told Jared that he had to turn his shirt inside out or face suspension. After the teen refused, teacher David Burroway hauled him off to the principal’s office by his arm, according to the lawsuit, The Logan Banner reported.

The teen was later charged with obstruction of justice because he refused to keep quiet after the officer ordered him to stop talking.

The family is seeking $200,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages for alleged violations of Jared’s First and Fourteenth Amendment rights, reported.

Children belonging to the school and the state is a precept taken directly from Marx. Screw that. Children belong to their parents and they have rights as well. How dare this school and their jack-booted thugs tell him he can’t wear a t-shirt proclaiming Constitutional rights and freedoms. There was nothing violent or profane advertised on the unassuming olive green t-shirt. Good for Jared on standing his ground and maybe, just maybe, it woke up a few other students to their Constitutional rights as well. As for David Burroway manhandling this woman’s son like that, not only should he be fired, he should be prosecuted. I’m getting really sick of these Progressive authoritarian morons bullying everyone around, trying to enforce a Communist state within our schools. The schools need to be gutted and we need to go to a voucher system. Between this and Common Core – schools are nothing more than slave cattle breeding grounds and cesspools. Set our children free to learn again.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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