A California elementary school student has one simple wish: Make school dress codes great again.
Third-grader Logan Autry, 9, said officials at Powers-Ginsburg Elementary School in Fresno told him to remove his “Make America Great Again” hat because it could stir “negative emotions” in other children.
The red baseball cap with the phrase printed in white capital letters has become almost synonymous with the campaign of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“The principal told me to take it off, and I still didn’t take it off,” Autry told Fox and Friends on Saturday. “And she said it was against the dress code to wear the hat, but I looked in the dress code and it was not against it.”
Autry’s stepmom, Angela Hoffknecht, said the request to remove the hat came after an older student made a remark about the cap.
“They told me to take my hat off because it brings negative emotions to the other children who don’t like [Trump],” Autry told 11Alive.
The Fresno Unified School District said in a statement it was responsible for providing “a safe learning environment.”
“It is also our responsibility to take precautions when the discourse begins to impact our school climate and interrupt school operations,” the statement said.
After Autry’s story went public, he got to meet Trump, shake his hand and have the likely GOP nominee sign his hat, Hoffknecht said.
The hat, however, didn’t have such a happy ending: The Autry’s family dog ripped it apart while Logan was swimming.