Archive for June 16th, 2013

Remember When America Had Free Speech?

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Ah, those were the days. 14-year-old Jared Marcum of Logan County, West Virginia thought we were still living in those times.  But the kid did know his middle-school’s dress code which prohibits “clothing that display profanity, violence, discriminatory messages, or sexually suggestive phrases.”  OK – clear enough.

So Jared went to school in his National Rifle Association t-shirt, which bears the NRA logo, an image of a hunting rifle, and the phrase, “Protect your right.”  A teacher told him to take it off.  He refused and was sent to the principal’s office.  The principal again told him to take it off. Jared cited his Freedom of Speech rights and the exact words of the school’s dress code.

The principal called the police!  (Yikes – over this!?)  The police came and told Jared to take off the shirt.  Again he refused and was trying to explain the dress code when he was arrested.

Next Jason appeared before a judge and was officially charged with obstructing an officer. If he’s found guilty, he faces a $500 fine, up to a year in jail, and a felony on his record.  It should be noted that nowhere in the police report does it mention that Jared made any threats or acted in a violent manner.

When Jason was taken from the school in handcuffs, many students in the cafeteria jumped up and applauded to support him.  A teacher told them to sit down which they immediately did. They’re learning how to be “good Germans.”