Teen arrested for not removing NRA T-shirt faces possible 1 year in jail

NRA T-shirtThe attorney for the eighth-grader in West Virginia who was arrested in April for wearing a National Rifle Association shirt to school indicated at the time that he expected charges to be dropped — that turned out not to be the case.

On Thursday, 14-year-old Jared Marcum appeared before a judge and was officially charged with obstructing an officer and now faces the possibility of a $500 fine and up to a year in jail, local CBS affiliate WTRF reported.

Police initially claimed that Marcum was arrested for disturbing the education process, obstructing an officer and, according to Jared’s father Allen Lardier, officers threatened to charge the student with making terroristic threats.

“In my view of the facts, Jared didn’t do anything wrong,” Jared’s attorney, Ben White, said.

Based on court documents obtained by WTRF, the arresting officer claims that Jared hindered his ability to do his job when he refused to stop talking, which resulted in the obstruction charge.

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.

“Every aspect of this is just totally wrong,” Lardieri said.  “He has no background of anything criminal, up until now and it just seems like nobody wants to admit they’re wrong.”

Because of a suddenly aggressive prosecuting attorney, Jared is scheduled to be back in court on July 11th. A development that many will agree is ridiculous.

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