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Jared Marcum case: 14-year-old who wore NRA shirt to school faces year in jail

By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   June 18, 2013 at 4:44 PM   |   Comments

June 18 (UPI) -- The Kentucky 14-year-old that was suspended for wearing an National Rifle Association shirt to school may now face up to a year in jail.

Jared Marcum was charged Tuesday with obstructing an officer, and now faces a $500 fine and jail time. He had no criminal background prior to the arrest.

In April, Marcum got into an argument with a teacher over his NRA shirt, which read "Protect Your Rights" with a gun graphic below it. He was arrested for disturbing the education process and obstructing an officer. His school suspended him.

The charge came after Marcum refused to stop talking as he was being arrested, which the police report says hindered the officer's ability to do his job.

The report did not mention any threats or violent activity on Marcum's part.

"In my view of the facts, Jared didn't do anything wrong," Ben White, Jared's attorney said. "I think officer Adkins could have done something differently."

White has until July 11 to get Marcum's charges dismissed. If the charges are not dropped by then, Marcum will appear in court again.

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