Charges Dropped Against Student Who Wore NRA Shirt to School



Recently, Reason reported about the case of Jared Marcum. The West Virginia teenager, who was 14 at the time of the incident, refused to remove an NRA shirt despite the demands of a teacher. Subsequently, the police were called on Marcum. After insisting that he was within his rights despite an officer telling him to stop talking, the eight-grader was arrested and charged with obstruction. He faced a potential $500 fine and up to a year in jail.

More than two months after the debacle began, the charges against Marcum have been dropped. Judge Erin O'Briant signed the dismissal last Thursday.

The boy's guardians spoke to WOWK-TV, a local television station. Marcum's mother reportedly "was overcome with emotion after signing a dismissal order and cementing the fact that the criminal charges against her 14-year-old son… have been withdrawn." Allen Laridieri, the boy's step-father, said, "It should have come sooner but it's done and we don't have to have that concern anymore about him having a criminal record. I'm just glad that it's over. His mother is glad it's over." 

Ben White, Marcum's lawyer, stated, "I think, with the gun issue, with what is going on, this is a victory for common sense." According to WOWK-TV, the lawyer also expressed his belief that the dismissal of the case demonstrates that "the justice system and its integrity are alive and well in Logan, West Virginia."

However, up until yesterday, it had not been smooth sailing for Marcum and his family. Earlier in the week, prosecutors had filed a motion for a gag order. This would have restricted what Marcum could divulge about the case to the public. WOWK-TV reported:

Prosecutors were hoping to bar Jared, his father and his lawyer from sharing their story with the press, under the guise that their request would serve Jared's better interest, something Jared's father Allen Lardieri sees as ironic.

"It was for Jared's better interest is what I was told, which seems to be a bit odd to me," Lardieri said. "These are the same individuals that are trying to prosecute him, so as far as them knowing what is in his better interest, I have a lot of questions about that." 

Marcum's lawyer suggested that the prosecution made the motion in order to avoid further public scrutiny over the case. However, the prosecution did withdraw the petition shortly thereafter.

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  1. I think the prosecution believes Marcum’s best interest is prompt removal from his parents’ custody, like, yesterday, so he can be placed with a kindly liberal family and reintegrated into civil society.

    Just kidding, the prosecution wanted to cover its ass from bad press by gagging the kid.

    1. If they were looking out for his best interests, they would have tried to get an order for a haircut.

  2. I wonder if he would have worn a rainbow colored gay rights shirt, if he would have been arrested for that?

    Some rights are more equal than others.

    1. I got the impression that it was because of the picture of the gun (which is still totally stupid). Had it just said “NRA: protect your rights”, but not pictured a gun, it probably would have been OK.

      1. Serious question: In modern history textbooks, are images of guns forbidden?

        1. Don’t know, but I’ve read elsewhere that the school has a statue of a minuteman out front complete with rifle.

          1. I’m sure they’ll be removing the statue soon and offering counseling services to any kids who were traumatized by having to see that vile awful assault statue everyday while walking into the school.

            1. I went to a school next to the WWI memorial, that statue had a rifle AND a bayonet.

  3. Jesus Christ. What a travesty that it went on this long. The government is fucked up at every level, everywhere. But the proggies love it – MOAR CONTROL!

    Good for this kid – fuck the DA.

  4. A fucking gag order? On what possible grounds?

    Secrecy: this is the new way government operates in the US. As secretly as possible. The NSA showed them the way.

    1. A fucking gag order? On what possible grounds?

      They were bothered by all the money pouring into the kid’s defense fund?

    2. On fuck you, that’s why grounds.

  5. The boy’s guardians spoke to WKOK-TV, a local television network.

    Er, I don’t think it’s a network.

    (Most of the cable channels calling themselves “networks” aren’t, either.)

    1. WKOK though has to be the most unintentionally hilarious call letters ever.

  6. Someone get Zenon to a Shackeford Alt-text training class STAT!

    1. I think there’s no alt-text because of the gag order.

      1. Leave Warty’s fetishes out of this.

        1. This is why there are no female libertarians interns!

  7. Earlier in the week, prosecutors had filed a motion for a gag order.

    Those motherfuckers should be flayed alive and then burned at the stake.

    1. its only fair that when conducting capricious, harassing, unconstitional prosecutions of children just because WE SAY SO that people be banned from complaining about it. people might lose their faith in the kindness and wisdom of their State Masters.

      Seriously = how many media outlets said “the worst thing about the NSA scandal is the loss of faith in government”?

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