Initially sympathetic to the fourteen-year-old who now faces a year in jail for refusing to take off his NRA shirt in school; sympathy diminished when I read this:
“On one hand, the arresting officer from the Logan City Police Department, James Adkins, claims that when Jared refused to stop talking, that hindered his ability to do his job, hence, the obstruction charge.” — 14-year-old at the center of “NRA T-Shirt Controversy” now facing possibility of 1 year in jail
The emphasis is mine. Is this really about the shirt?
I hardly care what the eighth grader is saying. If the teacher, the principal, and finally the police tell him to stop talking, he’s already been indulged far more than I would have been at that age, no matter what kind of shirt I was wearing.
Maybe this is a free speech issue. Maybe the kid just wouldn’t shut up. I’d want to find out before getting the tar and feathers.
UPDATE 28 June 2013: The charges have been dropped. I have a bigger problem with the boy’s refusing to stop talking than with his refusing to take off the shirt. In any case, it should not be necessary to call the police for stuff like this.