Jared Marcum, the eighth grade Logan, West Virginia student who was suspended and arrested after refusing to change his NRA t-shirt at school, was met by several supporters Monday morning outside of Logan Middle School.
Jared returned to class, fresh off of suspension, wearing the same exact shirt that initiated the "t-shirt control" controversy in the first place.
"There's a lot of people wearing this same exact shirt, showing great, great support and I really appreciate it," Jared said just before walking into school.
Jared's father, Allen Lardieri, says getting Jared back into school was his first priority.
"We've completed the first leg of what we wanted to accomplish here," Lardieri said. "Now, we're working on the next step, which is trying to clear his name."
Lardieri says that he was informed by Logan City Police on Thursday that his son was facing two charges, obstructing an officer and disrupting the education process. However, Jared's attorney Ben White says that wasn't the police department's call to make.
"He was arrested, he was put into handcuffs, he was removed from the school and brought to the Logan City Police Department," White said. "Charges aren't officially filed or brought until the prosecuting attorney's signs off on them and they don't do that willy nilly. They do that after a thorough investigation."
That investigation is now under way, led by juvenile prosecuting attorney Sabrina Deskins.
Lardieri and White presented the Logan County School District with a letter requesting footage from surveillance video that may have captured the initial confrontation. Once they review the footage and conclude their meetings Logan County School District officials, they will decide who to name in a civil suit, which they say is imminent.
"There are cases on point for this exact situation and I feel strongly that we will prevail on this issue," White said. "If the board supports the band teacher's directive to turn the shirt inside out, obviously they'll be named in that suit as well."
When asked in person by 13 News about the situation, Logan County Superintendent Wilma Zigmond responded, "It's not, 'No comment,' it's the fact that I just can't discuss the student."
The eighth grader taken out of school on April 18 for refusing to change his shirt has returned to school today, in the same shirt.
Jared Marcum was first pulled out of school on Thursday when he refused to change his shirt which displayed a rifle and the words "NRA: Protect Your Rights." He wore the same shirt to school today and was allowed to attend.
According to the juvenile prosecuting attorney charges have not been filed against Marcum but they did confirm that he was arrested by Logan City Police on Thursday afternoon and that an investigation is underway.
According to the Logan City Police Dept., officers were called at the school's request. Officers arrested Jared and took him to the Logan City Police Dept., he was then transferred to the Logan County Courthouse where his father picked him up.
Jared's attorney, Ben White, is petitioning to get the school's surveillance video and says a civil lawsuit is imminent for violating Jared's first amendment rights.
Today, Logan County Schools superintendent Wilma Zigmond told 13 News that she could not discuss Jared's case. Logan Middle School did, however, give Jared's father paperwork for the one-day suspension Jared served on Friday.