Enjoy your visit, but mind what you, and your t-shirts, say, and if you have a run-in with the constabulary, you’d be well advised to keep your mouth shut.
The case of the rural West Virginia eighth-grader who was suspended and arrested in late April after he refused to remove a t-shirt supporting the National Rifle Association just keeps getting weirder.Say, I’ve got a question for the prosecutors. The city of Logan is the county seat of Logan County. Now, it looks to me like Logan’s crime rates, in terms of both violent crimes and property crimes, have historically exceeded the national average. My question for the prosecutors is this: do ya’ll really think the best interests of your county are being served by pursuing this case? I mean, is the scourge of t-shirts that the young man’s teacher finds objectionable a worse menace than, say, all those burglaries? (What are your arrest and conviction rates for those, by the way?) And let’s just cut to the chase: do you believe that this boy – whose only real “crime” was probably in being a little prolix in defending his rights to arresting officer James Adkins – deserves jail time? And what about you, Adkins? You didn’t have the mother wit to resolve this trivial situation without turning it into a criminal case? I’m tellin’ ya, son, when people think back on this, they ain’t goin’ to be makin’ any favorable comparisons between you and Wyatt Earp (“Adkins? Why, yes, I recollect him. Wasn’t much good at catchin’ burglars or car thieves, but he was a bulldog at chasin’ down offensive t-shirts, yessir, jes’ a reg’lar bulldog!”)
According to local CBS affiliate WOWK-TV, the student, 14-year-old Jared Marcum, was back at the Logan County Courthouse on Monday for a hearing because prosecutors Christopher White and Sabrina Deskins were seeking an emergency gag order.