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No free speech for gun rights?

original article: Lawsuit filed over NRA T-shirt at middle school
May 11, 2015 by Kate White

The mother of a teenager who wore a National Rifle Association T-shirt to school is suing the Logan County Board of Education alleging her son’s constitutional rights were violated.

Tanya Lardieri filed the lawsuit in federal court last month on behalf of her son, Jared Marcum. Marcum was charged in 2013 by police with disrupting an educational process and obstructing an officer after he was asked to turn the shirt inside out or face suspension by Logan Middle School staff. A judge later dismissed the charges.

The lawsuit seeks $200,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages. Shana Thompson, attorney for the school board, couldn’t be reached Monday. Lardieri and Marcum are represented by Chapmanville attorney Ben White.

On April 18, 2013, the lawsuit states, Marcum, a member of the National Rifle Association, who was 14 at the time, wore a pro-Second Amendment T-shirt to the middle school.

“The shirt was an un-alarming olive green tee shirt bearing the NRA logo, which is the letters ‘NRA’ in black, the words ‘PROTECT YOUR RIGHT,’ an image of a hunting rifle and the Official NRA Logo which has an Eagle and two crossed firearms,” the complaint states.

Marcum was approached by faculty during his lunch period and asked to remove the shirt or turn it inside out. He was taken to the principal’s office when he refused. He was suspended for one day, according to previous Gazette reports.

The lawsuit claims the shirt complied with the county and school’s dress code policies at the time and didn’t display a violent or threatening image.

Marcum now attends Logan County High School. The lawsuit identifies him only by his initials, but the incident has previously been reported by the Gazette, as Marcum and his parents have spoken publicly about it. The case is assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Johnston in Charleston.

Also named in the lawsuit as defendants are: Phyllis Adkins, who was president of the school board at the time of the incident; William Davis, vice president of the board; Mark McGrew, the board’s current president; Pat White and James Frye, both board members; Wilma Zigmond, superintendent of Logan County schools; Ernestine Sutherland, principal of Logan Middle School; David Burroway, Howard Rockhold and Christopher Marcus, all teachers at Logan Middle; and the school’s secretary Anita Gore.

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