14-year old boy faces 1 year in jail for wearing NRA T-shirt
According to this story from WTRF.com, the young man is lucky he's not facing charges of "making a terrorist threat."
I'm not kidding.
The trouble started when Jared Marcum came to school wearing an NRA T-Shirt. When told to change it, he refused. This got him suspended and when he had a disagreement with police about taking it off, they arrested him for "obstructing an officer."
"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."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."Ben White says he will continue working to have the charges against Jared dismissed. If that doesn't happen in the coming weeks, Jared will be back in court on July 11th.
What possessed a judge to allow this case to go forward in the first place? Arrested and facing jail time because the 14-year old kid wouldn't shut up? I giess they don't teach much patience in the Logan County police department.
The school authorities have dug themselves a huge hole in this matter as has the police department. Time for some sanity to return to the preceedings and everyone agree that this case should be dropped.