Mother of teen arrested over NRA shirt sues school district for $450K

Jennifer Cruz for reports:

The mother of a teen who was arrested and suspended for wearing – and refusing to take off – a National Rifle Association t-shirt to school last April has filed a lawsuit against the school district, claiming her son’s constitutional rights were violated when they prohibited him from wearing the shirt…..

Jared Marcum, who was 14-years-old at the time, was stopped by school staff members while standing in line in the cafeteria at lunch time. Staff members told Marcum that his shirt, which featured the NRA logo, a rifle and the words “Protect Your Right,” violated the school’s dress code policy (which has since been removed from the school’s website). The policy prohibited the display of profanity, violence, discriminatory messages or sexually suggestive phrases, but said nothing about images of guns or firearm organizations.

Marcum, who had no prior police record, stood refused to remove the shirt or turn it inside out, which landed him not only being suspended, but arrested and charged with obstruction and disturbing the education process.

Although charges were later dropped against Marcum, the case could gain traction as the current gun rights debate continues to impact school policies across the nation.

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