Gun Owners Foundation Taking on Zero Tolerance in Schools

Gun Owners Foundation Taking on Zero Tolerance in Schools

Postby Taggure » Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:41:44

Gun Owners Foundation Taking on Zero Tolerance in Schools

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Taking on Zero Tolerance in Schools
supporting Jared Marcum against overzealous prosecutor

Gun Owners Foundation has come to the defense of a West Virginia teenager who is actually being prosecuted (a.k.a., persecuted) for his pro-gun views.

Jared Marcum wore a T-shirt to his Logan County middle school in West Virginia on April 18 -- a decision that has since sparked a national controversy.

No, Jared’s T-shirt did not depict a Muslim beheading a victim while shouting Alahu Akhbar! Such depictions of violence would violate the school’s dress code.

Jared’s T-shirt depicted a hunting rifle with the message: “Protect Your Right.” And now, he faces up to a year in jail for doing so!

The outrageousness of this case has prompted the involvement of Gun Owners Foundation, which has agreed to help Jared pro bono.

People can help Gun Owners Foundation assist Jared Marcum by going to our foundation’s site and giving a contribution.

It all began on April 18. Everything was fine for the morning classes, but then the day went goofy when an anti-gun teacher confronted Jared in the lunch line and told him to turn his shirt inside out.

Jared pointed out that his shirt did not violate school policy.

The teacher sent Jared to the office where the same back and forth was repeated with the administration. Then a police officer was summoned who ordered Jared to turn his shirt inside out. Jared told the officer and the administration that he was doing nothing wrong.

According to the officer, Jared’s shirt constituted a terrorist threat. He did not put that in his written report, but instead charged Jared with obstructing an officer (apparently Jared interrupted the officer while he was talking to the administration).

Jared was cuffed, charged and told that he could be fined up to $500 and spend up to a year in jail. The prosecutor decided to press the charge, and a judge allowed the prosecution to proceed.

In a town of less than 2,000, what are the odds that at least five adults are this insane? And all on the same day?

Zero Tolerance can be better understood as Zero Judgment.

Jared was suspended for a day. When he returned to school, around 100 students wore similar shirts, and Jared wore the same shirt that fried the brains of five grownups two days earlier. Nothing happened. None of the students heard a word about their T-shirts.

Jared and his stepfather, Allen Ladieri, are to be commended for not backing down, and Gun Owners Foundation is actively supporting the case.

Usually, Gun Owners Foundation supports individuals appealing convictions on firearms charges that involve constitutional issues. But we think that Jared’s case warrants special attention, as it involves both First and Second Amendment freedoms.

If we are not allowed to make pro-Second Amendment statements -- all because somebody is offended -- then we can count the days to when we’ll lose the freedoms enshrined in both Amendments.

If Jared prevails in this case, we may have finally reached a turning point regarding Zero Tolerance, which is one of the most insidious policies being inflicted on the nation’s young people.

ACTION: While GOF is helping defend Jared Marcum pro bono, there are obviously significant costs involved. So please help by making a tax-deductible contribution to Gun Owners Foundation. You can assist in the Jared Marcum defense by giving a contribution to GOF here.
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Re: Gun Owners Foundation Taking on Zero Tolerance in Schools

Postby Kreutz » Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:13:15

According to the officer, Jared’s shirt constituted a terrorist threat


Just remember, its OK to be spied on without a warrant, slain by drone, denied a gun purchase, or detained indefinitely since it will only apply to "terrorists".


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Re: Gun Owners Foundation Taking on Zero Tolerance in Schools

Postby OakRidgeStars » Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:18:38

I guess the GOA can put this one in the win column since the state dropped charges :dunno:


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Re: Gun Owners Foundation Taking on Zero Tolerance in Schools

Postby SHMIV » Sat, 29 Jun 2013 05:52:24

Just because the charges were dropped doesn't mean that they couldn't go after some more of that Z-T BS. There is still plenty more of it floating around!

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Re: Gun Owners Foundation Taking on Zero Tolerance in Schools

Postby OakRidgeStars » Sat, 29 Jun 2013 08:51:33

Making "zero tolerance" policies a thing of the past will require school boards to demonstrate common sense. I think we all know the likelihood of that happening.


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Re: Gun Owners Foundation Taking on Zero Tolerance in Schools

Postby dorminWS » Sat, 29 Jun 2013 10:43:16

OakRidgeStars wrote:I guess the GOA can put this one in the win column since the state dropped charges :dunno:

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Maybe not an unqualified win. You don't know what the kid and his parents may have bargained away to get the criminal charges dropped, but it may have been that they wouldn't sue the cop, teacher, principal or school board. If so, it's a dirty rotten shame.
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