Jared Marcum

By: Mark Hyman

Some schools assign students to read classic novels such as George Orwell’s “1984.”

At West Virginia’s Logan Middle School, officials appear to rely on 1984 as the way to run a school.  They’ve adopted Newspeak in which only government-approved thought and speech is allowed.

Jared Marcum is the 14-year old victimized by school officials who had him arrested and jailed for wearing this t-shirt.  The t-shirt doesn’t run afoul of school dress policies.  Nor should it.  However, it apparently annoyed school officials who want to ban speech they don’t like.

Gun ownership is guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.  Guns are legal and Constitutionally protected.  But Logan Middle School officials think otherwise.

Something tells me that if Jared wore a t-shirt honoring Mao Zedong, Josef Stalin, Che Guevara or Fidel Castro who directed the slaughter of tens of millions people and caused decades of human suffering by hundreds of millions that his t-shirt would be viewed as protected speech.  As it should be.

I’m sure officials at Logan Middle School, and the county and state superintendent’s offices, would welcome your thoughtful remarks and helpful suggestions on how they might adhere to the Constitution and to avoid injecting their personal politics into the classroom.

Their names, email addresses and phone numbers are on our website.

About The Author Mark Hyman:
Mark Hyman hosts "Behind the Headlines," a commentary program for Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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