CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) – A West Virginia teenager is back in class following his arrest and suspension from school after he refused to remove an NRA T-shirt.
Fourteen-year-old Jared Marcum of Logan returned to Logan Middle School on Monday after serving a one-day suspension.
His lawyer, Ben White, says school administrators maintain that Marcum disrupted the educational process. He says Marcum was exercising his right to free speech and wasn’t disruptive.
Logan police arrested Marcum at the school last Thursday after he refused a teacher’s order to remove the shirt. White says prosecutors are reviewing the case to decide whether to proceed.
Marcum wore the same shirt to school Monday. It displays the NRA logo and a hunting rifle.
Logan County Schools Superintendent Wilma Zigmond didn’t immediately return a telephone message.