A 14-year-old middle school student appears to be staging some sort of intriguing political protest in Logan, West Virginia, where he was recently charged with causing a disruption after wearing an NRA T-shirt to school.
Actually, let's qualify that a little bit. It appears that Jared Marcum just went to school one day, wearing a T-shirt bearing the NRA logo. (Spoiler: There's a gun in the logo — two, in fact.) A teacher spotted the article, while Marcum was in the lunch line, ordered him to turn it inside out, Marcum refused and police officers got involved. Police arrested the eighth grader, who now faces charges of "disrupting an educational process and obstructing an officer," the Associated Press reports.
Without going into the details of the case — which are so far pretty vague — it's worth pointing out how we know the young suspect's name. He is a minor, after all. However, Marcum's name is in the press, because that's what Marcum wants. "The Associated Press typically does not identify juveniles charged with crimes," the AP noted in its story, "but Marcum and his family wanted his name and case known." Marcum is a freedom fighter, see. "When the police came, I was still talking and telling them that this was wrong, that they cannot do this, it's not against any school policy," the teen told the press. "The officer, he told me to sit down and be quiet. I said, 'No, I'm exercising my right to free speech.' I said it calmly."