Jared Marcum, the eighth-grade boy arrested in April for wearing a pro-NRA t-shirt to his class at Logan Middle School in Logan, W.Va., now faces a year in jail, Gun Saves Lives reported Saturday, citing a report at WTRF.
Marcum appeared before a judge Thursday, June 13, 2013, and was officially charged with obstructing an officer and could be sentenced to a year in jail and a $500 fine.
"Me, I'm more of a fighter and so is Jared and eventually we're going to get through this," said Jared's father Allen Lardieri. "I don't think it should have ever gotten this far."
According to WTRF, the Logan County Police Department initially said that Marcum was arrested for disturbing the education process and obstructing an officer. Authorities also threatened to charge Marcum with making terroristic threats, Lardieri said.
"In my view of the facts, Jared didn't do anything wrong," said Ben White, Marcum's attorney.
Court documents indicate the obstructioncharge came when Marcum allegedly refused to stop talking, claimed arresting officer James Adkins. But White said that Adkins never mentioned Jared making threats or acting in a violent manner in his petition.
"I think officer Adkins could have done something differently," he said.
Neither the police nor the prosecuting attorney's office responded to questions.
White said he would work to get the charges dropped against Marcum. If he is unsuccessful, Marcum will appear in court on July 11