Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 22, 2013

W.Va. teen arrested in T-shirt flap back in class

PAM RAMSEY,Associated Press

— CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teenager who was arrested and suspended from school after he refused to remove an NRA T-shirt is back in class.

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 determine whether to file charges.

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.

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