All charges have now been dropped against the West Virginia teenager, and Jared will not have a criminal record.
In April, the 14-year-old was ordered by a band teacher to change his T-shirt because the instructor did not like the shirt’s pro-gun message. The shirt stated “protect your right” and pictured a rifle with a scope.
Jared was suspended from school, and later was arrested for “obstructing” an officer. He faced a $500 fine and one year in jail.
The police then issued a gag order against the family and his attorney, preventing them from talking about the case. And as if that wasn’t Orwellian enough, a reporter who tried to contest the gag order found herself being ejected from the courthouse. The reason?
If you guessed “obstruction,” then you move to the head of the class!
All of this heavy-handedness on part of the police led Kurt Hofmann of the Examiner to say, “The Logan, West Virginia PD apparently has the most easily ‘obstructed’ police officers since the Keystone Cops.”
In the midst of all this, GOA helped ignite a national outrage after alerting activists two weeks ago to what was happening in the Mountain State.