Logan Police still dealing with threats following arrest of student

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LOGAN, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) - Two months after arresting a middle school student, police in Logan are receiving threats over something they say isn't even part of the case.

Back in April, an employee at Logan Middle School called Logan Police about a disturbance in the cafeteria.

Two months later, police are getting about 100 calls a day about that same case.

"Our phone calls are unreal," Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper said. "We've got rashes of complaints, threats and everything in here."

The story hit news stands across the country, stating eighth-grader Jared Marcum was arrested for wearing an NRA T-shirt to school. Police say that's not true.

"I was there. I know what happened," Harper said.

Harper says he and a couple of his officers were called to the school because of what happened after Marcum was asked by a school official to change his shirt. He says the problem had to do with Marcum's reaction to the situation.

"We're not the Nazi police," Harper said. "We're unable to tell our whole side of it because laws in West Virginia prevent you from telling the details of a juvenile."

Marcum has previously given his side of the story and says he did nothing wrong.

He's charged with obstructing an officer -- who has now become the target of countless threats and complaints.

WSAZ.com was in Harper's office when one of those calls came in.

"This officer is stupid," the caller said. "He took an oath and he better start defending it."

Harper's response to these calls: "The boy was not arrested for wearing that NRA shirt. The shirt had nothing to do with his arrest."

Harper says it is frustrating that he can't give more details about the arrest. He believes if he could, they would not be getting the number of phone calls they have handled.

He also says he wants to make it clear that he and his department support the NRA, and that it is their job to protect rights, not violate them.


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