LOGAN, W.Va. — A criminal charge against a Logan Middle School student who refused to remove a National Rifle Association T-shirt he wore to school has been dismissed.
Logan County Circuit Judge Eric O’Briant signed an order Thursday dismissing an obstruction charge against Jared Marcum stemming from an April 18 incident.
Marcum was arrested after police were called to Logan Middle School when he refused to remove his T-shirt after a teacher told him to. A police officer said he told Marcum to stop talking, but he refused. That’s when Marcum was arrested for obstruction.
Marcum’s attorney said after reviewing an officer’s statements as well as statements from the school’s principal, both sides agreed that creating a criminal record for Marcum wasn’t a good idea.
Marcum plans to eventually enlist in the military.
A large crowd of supporters of Jared Marcum and the 2nd amendment gathered in front of the Logan County Courthouse Thursday to originally protest the charge, but instead celebrated the decision.
Marcum’s attorney said he still plans to file a lawsuit on Marcum’s behalf against the school district.