It was a bizarre, yet all too common story in our public schools. Fourteen year old Jared Marcum wore a NRA “Protect Your Rights” t-shirt to school. A teacher saw it, started yelling at him and demanded he change shirts. Marcum respectfully refused. Next thing you know, he was suspended from school and arrested. Students rallied to his side and 100 other kids wore the same shirt to school as a protest.
Yet, Jared Marcum is STILL facing a year in jail just for wearing a NRA “Protect Your Rights” to a school, something that has now been done by more than 100 students at the same school.
Suspended and arrested after refusing to change his NRA shirt. Today, 14-year-old Jared Marcum appeared before a judge and was officially charged with obstructing an officer.
A $500 fine and up to a year in jail, that’s the penalty that Jared could face, now that a judge has allowed the prosecution to move forward with it’s obstructing an officer charge against him.
“Me, I’m more of a fighter and so is Jared and eventually we’re going to get through this,” Jared’s father Allen Lardieri said. “I don’t think it should have ever gotten this far.”
The Logan County Police Department initially claimed that the at-the-time 8th grade Logan Middle School student was arrested for disturbing the education process, obstructing an officer and Lardieri says that officers even went as far as threatening to charge Jared with making terroristic threats.
“In my view of the facts, Jared didn’t do anything wrong,” Ben White, Jared’s attorney said. “I think officer Adkins could have done something differently.”
Prosecuting attorney Michael White refused to respond to any questions, as did Logan Police.
We obtained official court documents from both sides of this case. On one hand, the arresting officer from the Logan City Police Department, James Adkins, claims that when Jared refused to stop talking, that hindered his ability to do his job, hence, the obstruction charge. On the other side, Ben White points out that nowhere in the arresting officer’s petition, does it mention Jared ever making any threats or acting in a violent manner.
He’s being charged with obstructing an officer for refusing to quit talking? In other words, “This is stupid, you’re arresting me over a NRA t-shirt? Seriously? Seriously? It says, ‘Protect your rights” on it — and you’re arresting me?” merits a potential year in jail?
Everybody involved in this case including the teacher and principal at his school, the police officer, the police chief and the prosecuting attorney all deserve to lose their jobs over this.
Every. Last. One. Of. Them.