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Middle School Student Suspended, Then Arrested for Wearing an NRA T-Shirt

Written by Gary North on April 22, 2013

An eighth grader in West Virginia was suspended from school and then arrested for wearing a pro-gun NRA T-shirt. It displays this slogan: “protect your right.”

He claims First Amendment protection for Second Amendment rights. So does his lawyer.

So, another goofy school decision will wind up in the courts unless the school backs down. This is par for the course.

The school prohibits apparel that depicts violence. The principal thinks the image of a gun broke the rule. The rule says this:

“A student will not dress or groom in a manner that disrupts the educational process or is detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of others. A student will not dress in a manner that is distractive or indecent, to the extent that it interferes with the teaching and learning process, including wearing any apparel that displays or promotes any drug-, alcohol- or tobacco-related product that is prohibited in school buildings, on school grounds, in school-leased or owned vehicles, and at all school-affiliated functions.”

Would this have been enforced if the shirt had said “no more violence,” with this image?


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18 thoughts on “Middle School Student Suspended, Then Arrested for Wearing an NRA T-Shirt

  1. sue the school for it's anti american, anti second amendment stand…..they should be teaching history, math, english and not getting involved in this treason!

  2. Walter Royal says:

    What were the charges, unlawful wearing of a graphic?

  3. rubygirl50 says:

    What a wonderful common sense approach to our Constitution and our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights were lost with the closed minds of the educators. This was a perfect opportunity to teach an important facet of our history. Yet, they chose to limit free speech and intimidated other children from speaking out or they would get in trouble. BTW, what was the arrest for…bringing a "gun" to school?? (sarc)!!

  4. "Protect your right!" Too bad the RIGHT CANNOT PROTECT YOU! Think about it, the amendment with the wording "shalt not be infringed" is the most infringed, licensed, and limited amendment of the twenty seven. Why is this? Because optional rights cannot protect anyone. You'll find much more motivation in non-optional God-expected responsibilities, such as the one the Apostle Paul shared with Timothy:

    "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house [including spiritual and physical protection], he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." (1 Timothy 5:8)

    For more, listen to "The Second Amendment: A Knife in a Gunfight," preached last month at the Springfield, MO Firearms and Freedom Symposium, at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.com/#FeaturedM…. At the same location, you will also find an interview Larry Pratt (Executive Director of Gun Owners of America) conducted with me on the same distinction between optional rights and non-optional God-expected responsibilities.

    If you prefer to read, go to our blog and scroll down to the article "You Can't Win Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight."

  5. Peggie Potter says:

    They owe that kid & his family a huge apology ! He did absolutely nothing wrong. I've seen some disgusting graphics on tees & I'll bet no one says a word about it. That principal & school administration are off their collective rockers ! How asinine ! I hope his family sues them & wins big !!!

  6. Real education doesn't seem to exist anymore. It is indoctrination now. What a ridiculous move by the school. And then arrested? An 8th grader no less, in jail for wearing a politically incorrect T-shirt. We are living in NAZI America now.

  7. 2WarAbnVet says:

    Liberals have added it to the Constitution – "Separation of school and sanity."

  8. what is the school and the name of the obamabot Idiot, so we can DELUGE this MORON with protests!!???

  9. WhiteFalcon2 says:

    This is simply PC gone to far. This is another school engaged in the insane race to see who can be the most rediculously and extremely PC. The educators are the ones that need to be educated.

  10. Any violation of our rights under the constitution should be dealt with very harshly, perhaps severe punishment would make these libturds think twice.

  11. Screw government schools.. NWO propaganda to brainwash the youth and turn them against their liberty-loving parents.

  12. If I lived there and had kids of school age, I'd be homeschooling them on the Internet and teaching them that the anti gun lobby is a pack of filthy traitor Nazis and Communists. We would go to the range at least monthly and pepper paper as we learn responsible weapons handling. The only 'accident' would have put a round in the ceiling or floor, not a person. All of us would be NAGR, NRA, SAF, and/or GOA members and would publicly condemn Brady Campaign and the Pelosi pigsty. I wouldn't put my kids through the sorry excuse for a school described in this article!

  13. These people are demented. They are TREASONOUS, too. JesUS, how much longer must we put up with them?

  14. What I don't understand is how violating a "school policy", even where such conduct is clear (unlike in this case), translates into a crime and results in ARREST.

  15. Seymour Kleerly says:

    When you venture out of the woods and mountains, you'll be surprised that most people fear guns.

  16. Only trouble is–gee whiz–if they win it'll be taxpayer money.

  17. Followup on the story: a gun rights organization bought and distributed 100 identical shirts to schoolmates who proudly wore them to school. Did the school want to prosecute 100 more kids? End of story…

  18. Gary North,

    Well, what do you expect from a Godless nation that has not only kicked The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His Commandments, Statutes and Judgments out of every forum, including the Public Fool System, and replaced it with a communist system (now morphed into corporate fascism) ????

    “The Communist Manifesto” and the Ten Planks Contained therein. They’re all in full force and effect in the U.S.S.A. Here’s #10:

    10th. Free compulsory education (indoctrination via the public fool system).

    Where your daughters are taught to be whores and your sons to be sodomites!

    It’s financed by #1: 1st. Plank: Abolition of all right to property – Property Tax = Land Rent.

    Property Tax is nothing more, nothing less than a private land rent as described in the 1st. Plank of The Communist Manifesto. It even uses language similar to: ” … providing funding for public services …” at the local level, as it is here in the U.S.S.A (e.g., police, fire and schools).

    Side Note: The mere fact that the property is “taxed” is proof that the one who’s paying the tax is most certainly NOT the owner.

    Most of those who complain about what’s unchristian, anti-God, etc., etc., in all the public forums such as the public fool system, not only do nothing but complain about them, they continue to pay for it (i. e., feed The Beast), as well as participate.

    How can victory over The Beast be expected, if The Beast is continually fed ????

    The only way to save this nation is to turn back to Him, His Perfect Moral Laws, Statutes and Judgments, i.e., His Kingdom/Will On Earth. And crying out about and relying on the anti-God 1st. Amendment is most certainly NOT the way !

    Seek Him while He may yet be found.