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Bryan Preston

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April 23, 2013 - 7:56 am

You’ve probably heard about the West Virginia 8th grader who wore his NRA T-shirt to school, and got kicked out for it. That happened last week. He was suspended, and also arrested, for wearing a shirt that doesn’t promote violence or vice. It didn’t violate the school dress code. It just expressed a mainstream point of view that some school officials didn’t like. So he was pulled out of line at the cafeteria and arrested, when he refused to take the shirt off or turn it inside out.

Arrested.

On Monday, he returned to school — and he had a lot of backup.

A West Virginia teen who was arrested and suspended for wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt to school returned to class Monday wearing the same shirt that got him into trouble.

Jared Marcum, 14, was joined by about 100 other students across Logan County who wore shirts with a similar gun rights theme in a show of support for free speech.

The NRA bought and distributed the shirts, but the kids chose to wear them. Jared chose not to back down. Good for him and good for them. One person who understands their rights can be very powerful.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Compare this to the entire city of Boston hiding in doors because of two armed men.
1 year ago
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It is great to see concrete examples of people standing up for their rights and not simply complaining and wringing their hands about it.

It is especially motivating to see that coming from young people.
1 year ago
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This kid has more guts than 95% of the Republicans in Washington. Very heartening to hear how this is unfolding and that he has a lawyer.
1 year ago
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Jared was arrested for "inciting a riot". All he did was wear a shirt. It was a teacher in the school cafeteria who approached him and began screaming at him, attracting the attention of others in the room and causing a commotion. It was the teacher who was "inciting a riot"! What was his name? Was action taken against him? He should have been summarily and immediately dismissed from his job after that bit of abuse!
1 year ago
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Good point Camp! The name of the Logan County Schools Superintendent is Wilma Zigmond and the name of the Principal is Ernestine Sutherland, but I haven't found the teacher's name. Where is the public shaming of the teacher?

When I was in school both the principal and the superintendent were were men. We also had male teachers at the junior high level. Maybe the situation would have been different if education wasn't a testosterone-free zone.

One student at my high school showed up with a gun in the gun rack of his pickup. Not a t-shirt, but an actual hunting rifle out on the parking lot. The principal simply sent him and the gun home without calling the police.
1 year ago
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The sad part of this story is that it happened in WV. The one state where I would expect an NRA shirt to not raise eyebrows. If this happened in other states, there would not be this rally around the student. In fact, the students would be expected to report on the kid wearing the shirt as a threat to the school.
1 year ago
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One person who understands their rights can be very powerful.

Indeed they can. Knowledge is power.
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