West Virginia –
The family of a teenager who wore an NRA t-shirt to school is now suing their local Board of Education, it’s past and present leadership, the schools principal, and the Superintendent.
Tanya Lardieri, the teenagers mother, filed the lawsuit last month in federal court on behalf of her son, Jared Marcum. In 2013, Jared was charged with disrupting an educational process and obstructing an officer, this came after he was told to turn his second amendment t-shirt inside out, or face suspension. A judge later dismissed the charges.
The lawsuit – which seeks $450,000 in damages – states that on April 18th 2013, Jared, who is a member of the NRA, wore an olive-green NRA t-shirt to middle school. Later that day, a staff member approached Jared and asked him to remove his shirt, or turn it inside out; When he refused to do so, he was brought to the Principal’s Office and was later suspended for one day.
Marcum’s “offensive” olive-green shirt, depicted the NRA logo with the letters “NRA” in black and an image of a hunting rifle, along with an NRA logo consisting of an eagle and two crossed rifles.
The lawsuit states that the shirt did not violate the school’s dress code at the time, and in addition, it did not display a violent or threatening image.