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8th Grader Arrested For Wearing Gun T-Shirt To School

8th grader arrested

An 8th grader was arrested this week for wearing a gun t-shirt to school.

The 8th grader, Jared Marcum, was wearing a shirt with a picture of a gun under the words “Protect Your Right.” The pro gun rights t-shirt apparently broke the school’s dress code and caused an altercation between Marcum and a teacher.

Marcum was suspended and later arrested on two charges of obstruction and disturbing the education process.

Marcum said: “I never thought it would go this far because honestly I don’t see a problem with this. There shouldn’t be a problem with this.”

Logan Middle School said that the 8th graders gun t-shirt violated its dress code because students are not allowed to wear clothes that “disrupt the educational process.”

The school’s policy states: “A student will not dress in a manner that is distractive or indecent, to the extent that it interferes with the teaching and learning process, including wearing any apparel that displays or promotes any drug-, alcohol- or tobacco-related product that is prohibited in school buildings, on school grounds, in school-leased or owned vehicles, and at all school-affiliated functions.”

Marcum’s father, Allen Lardieri, said that the school’s policy mentions drugs, alcohol and tobacco but it does not mention guns. Lardieri also denied that his son became aggressive when he was confronted about the shirt.

Lardieri said: “I don’t’ see how anybody would have an issue with a hunting rifle and NRA put on a t-shirt, especially when policy doesn’t forbid it… He did not violate any school policy. He did not become aggressive… I will go to the ends of the earth, I will call people, I will write letters, I will do everything in the legal realm to make sure this does not happen again.”

What do you think of the 8th grader’s gun t-shirt? Are you surprised that he was suspended and arrested for wearing a pro gun rights shirt?

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65 Responses to “8th Grader Arrested For Wearing Gun T-Shirt To School”

  1. Dan Larue

    so a school can push socialist and comunist propaganda without worry…but a student cannot express his rights?

    sue the school district – you have a case.

  2. Al Gottsch

    Figures! But all the blacks and mex's can wear their pants around their ankles! The girls can all dress like street walkers! But his t -shirt is a no – no because he views his rights as a citizen! Something wrong with this society huh?

  3. Patrick Christopher Fargie

    To the principle and the administration of that school: Fuck you.

  4. Bryce Stelly

    it says in the fucking article what charges the was arrested on. maybe you would've seen it if you had fucking read it. idiot

  5. Cody Cotter

    Bryce Stelly How old are you 12? You sound just like a 12 yr old that just learned a new dirty word and has to show it off. Either that or you have a very limited vocabulary

  6. Stephanie Song

    Yes, indeed, there has never existed, all throughout history, nor will there ever exist a white person sagging. That's what you're saying, right?

  7. Lissa Boren

    If its against the policies then so be it. If it were a black kid nobody would be in his side. If this kid was being an ass. Of which I'm sure he was. Then he should have to deal with the consequences.

  8. Chrissy Brown Scholten

    Marcum was suspended and later arrested on two charges of obstruction and disturbing the education process~~May I suggest Connections Academy online, John Adams Virtual School online, K12…there are several online PUBLIC schools to choose from….that's what we did with 4 children…after experiencing similar nightmares in public school.Ugh…

  9. Bryce Stelly

    and you sound like a pretentious asshole, because really you must be one for judging my vocabulary from merely two sentences.

  10. Lynnie Marie

    “A student will not dress in a manner that is distractive or indecent, to the extent that it interferes with the teaching and learning process, including wearing any apparel that displays or promotes any drug-, alcohol- or tobacco-related product that is prohibited in school buildings, on school grounds, in school-leased or owned vehicles, and at all school-affiliated functions.”.

    Last I checked..guns were NOT allowed on school grounds..therefore..he cant wear the shirt.

  11. JoEllen Potchen-Webb

    Suspended? Not surprised, although sending him home to change and expecting him back might have been more productive. Arrested? That's surprising.

  12. John Semi Bleckler

    your right GUNS arnt, so should he cut the CLOTH off of shit shit thats in the shape of a gun???

  13. John Semi Bleckler

    counldnt agree more al gottsch but there are white people that sag

  14. Jo Herndon

    School uniforms. Saves parents a fortune, prevents problems.

  15. Ted Carey

    I bet if there are any Muslims that go to that school, they're allowed to pray however many times they do a day. That, to me, is disruption of the education process.

  16. Ted Carey

    I bet if there are any Muslims that go to that school, they're allowed to pray however many times they do a day. That, to me, is disruption of the education process.

  17. Lodell Parris

    STUUUUUPID! But what I want to know is how does that shirt have anything to do with drugs, alcohol or tobacco and his shirt is perfectly fine that is not disrupting any teaching or distracting any kids from learning you act like he brought a dildo to class dam……if this shirt is doing all that to the school I wander what these other kids are going to be charged with for their asses hanging out of their pants and the girls tits hanging out their shirts and ass cheeks falling out their shorts if this kids shirt is stopping teaching and causing a distraction what the hell are these other kids doing suspend them and arrest them………you schools are highly ignorant!

  18. Lodell Parris

    STUUUUUPID! But what I want to know is how does that shirt have anything to do with drugs, alcohol or tobacco and his shirt is perfectly fine that is not disrupting any teaching or distracting any kids from learning you act like he brought a dildo to class dam……if this shirt is doing all that to the school I wander what these other kids are going to be charged with for their asses hanging out of their pants and the girls tits hanging out their shirts and ass cheeks falling out their shorts if this kids shirt is stopping teaching and causing a distraction what the hell are these other kids doing suspend them and arrest them………you schools are highly ignorant!

  19. William Bragg

    Hey Bryce, HE didn't do anything to get arrested. The teacher caused the altercation or whatever it was. Also you sound like a teenage idiot. Big words. LOL

  20. Teddy Simon

    there is more to this story than what is being said here , and of course the parent is going to say what he is saying , just like the Boston bomber's parents are saying about their son and if the school deems it inappropriate well then they feel that it offends some one , blame sociality , I don't feel that the confederate flag is offensive but some do , so many wants to be PC correct these days , personally I don't , but that the country that we have created wanting to please everybody , maybe they should concider school uniforms , seems to work where I'm from.

  21. Suzie Bethurum

    I feel that the School board & law enforcement violated his rights & would do well to read The Constitution to refresh their memories. If they don't want kids wearing T-shirts with graphics to School, they should require uniforms or change their dress code to include only plain white or colored t-shirts allowed.

  22. Heather Davis

    This argument is poor at best. The shirt was a political statement if it is being reported accurately what the shirt said. That being the case the distraction was not the shirt or the gun etched on it but the opinion that this young man was standing behind. A teacher disagrees with the view that Americans should have the right to bare arms and was upset about the message as opposed to the actual gun. The only distraction I see is the fact that if your political view is not that of the majority then some how you do not possess the same freedom's of speech. From a legal stand point this shirt was not against policy. If this is what the school wants to be the norm or their standard then it is time to re-write their policy. I personally feel that as long as the shirt was not derogatory, did not depict violence against others etc. he had every right to wear it, especially if he was making a statement about protecting his rights.

  23. Paula Duncan

    Suspended and arrested because of a t-shirt and for standing up respectably for the 1st amendment rights we have is not acceptable and did not violate any school dress codes as clearly stated by the reporter. Thank you Jared, for standing up for all of our rights, I support you and your Dad!

  24. Johnnie Robinson

    It would appear that the school needs to reword their policy to include pictures of guns as the policy states acolhol, drugs and tobacco.

  25. Elizabeth Chassereau Harrah

    uh, guns are not drug, alcohol or tobacco related. the only disruption was from the teacher. so why not arrest the teacher. little wonder that kids of today are coming out of school not knowing shit. i can understand maybe making him change his shirt or turning it inside out but come on people, suspension and arrest?? someone has way too much time on their hands if the only problem in this classroom is this t-shirt. the principal of this school needs to give the teachers more work to do since they obviously do not have enough to do and have resorted to harrassing the students.

  26. John Halgren

    Where in that policy did you see anything about guns? How can a picture of a gun be distracting ? There is no correlation between an actual firearm and a t-shirt bearing a gun.

  27. Why I Am an Independent Conservative

    Frankly they are the ones that made the disruption on the education process by making a big deal out of something that wasn't a big deal! To me kids grabbing their girlfriends butts are more of a disruption than that shirt! I don't see them getting arrested. Why are getting people arrested for stupid things?

  28. Steve Harvey

    I will fight to keep my guns. And support this boy's right to do the same. On the other hand if the school has a dress code, and they enforce it in other areas, he should obey it.

  29. Denise Kaye

    I am behind this father all the way! Stand up for your rights, America!

  30. Cheryl Brown Strickland

    ALL SCHOOLS have a ZERO tolerance for guns, knives or any other weaponry for a damn reason. He AND his father knew this would get the kid in trouble and his father should go to jail for a few days for encouraging his child to disrupt class and break the rules. Yet these freaking entitled, ignorant, under educated, uninformed. white asses will line up to sue the hell out of the schools if someone shot their child while at school!

  31. Cheryl Brown Strickland

    Yes, ignorant, uneducated, ill informed, uninformed, prejudice assholes like you is exactly what's wrong.

  32. Leo Willis

    Lissa, why did you have to bring race into this? Just sit back and collect Obummers free gifts.

  33. Heather Hyden

    I know for a fact if they wear anything inappropriate they get sent home to change and have to come back.. The fact he got suspended and arrested wasn't right and unnecessary… It sounds like the school system is on a power trip…

  34. Dave Hill

    I'm not really pro gun but he did not violate anything according to what the school stated themselves, and "disruptive to the educational process" was actually the teacher at fault if the policies we are being told about are true. The kid probably shouldn't have worn the shirt to school…something about common sense in that area…if he got to be a big mouth about his rights, well he's really not a citizen of age quite yet correct? He was just voicing what I would guess is the fathers stance on the gun issue…dad, this wasn't exactly being responsible. Overkill in an over and over and over pc battle. I'm really bored of this nit picky nothing nonsense. I think people are to hard one way or the other, we need more balance from the people, not the government implementing policy based on hastily emotional demographics and trends…I have no answers other than these little ignited flames of making little issues into bigger issued is as bad as the media that hypes them up for us to continue being polarized as citizens.

  35. Duane Allen

    I don't really see why this is even an issue. Wearing clothing with guns on them is normally a no-no in a public school setting.

  36. Duane Allen

    He's 13, he has no rights as a citizen. Hell, the kid wont even have the same political views by the time he's 18, but becaus ethe grown-ups are arguing about guns, he's now allowed to be shocked when he's suspended for wearing a shirt depicting guns on it to a public school? Mass hysteria is a funny thing. Imagine if he had worn this shirt after the Columbine shootings. The nation would be screaming for his blood.

  37. Cheryl Williams

    We have truly become a sensitive country ! What a joke !!

  38. Heather Davis

    Seriously, what does this have to do with whether the kid was black or white? Prime example of why everything has to turn into a race issue. What are they teaching at U of T? We will just paint him blue- will that help?

  39. Jennifer Dowd

    Josh Paul You think it will be cleared , But lately they try to charge these poor kids as adults. They will consider it a gun crime ! When there was NO crime committed by this child ! They should have just sent him home with a note that the shirt was not acceptable at school. I personally am for gun rights. But schools do have dress codes. And they should . Because when you grow up and get a job they will have dress codes. Even construction jobs and retail jobs have dress codes

  40. Lissa Boren

    I made my comment because others had been far more hateful about the way black and Mexican kids dress. But hey if you want to hate on me that's fine. I really don't care. You views of me do not matter to me one way or another. As for what they teach at UT. Don't worry. I paid for my own education. As for getting my freebies from Mr.Obama. I don't know what you are talking about. He has never given me anything. I have worked all my life. What I have I paid for.

  41. Heather Davis

    Yes, I did see the "1" comment referencing black and Mexican. Perhaps that would have been a great place to insert the comment- it would have made more sense. Have a good day :)

  42. Raay Cristophe

    suice the fuck out off them.
    ok dumb fucks take away baggy clothes too then.

  43. Raay Cristophe

    good point but then they come up with the color t shirt as a gang thing you now

  44. Sarah Turkel

    These people really need to find something more important to worry about than a t-shirt. We've got way more to worry about these days. Get a grip "Logan Middle School"!

  45. WaterLive Lance

    AS i was being sarcastic ppl just like to think we as Americans don't have rights if someone don't believe as we do its wrong as to say no one is allowed their own opinion

  46. James Alburo Chua

    These kind of teacher will makes our kids to become gay. he is scared of a shirt with a Rifle on it? may be he wants you to wear a flower or a rainbow shirt.