A nine-year-old third grader from Fresno, California feels his school violated his first amendment rights by making him take off his “Make America Great Again” hat in support of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Logan Autry said officials at his elementary school told him to remove his “favorite” hat because it was evoking “negative emotions” in other students.
“The principal told me to take it off, and I still didn’t take it off,” the boy reportedly 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 got the hat last month after attending one of Trump’s campaign rallies. Autry claims he has tried to educate the students who ridicule him for being a fan of the bigoted candidate.
“I’ve told them his policies on illegal immigration, and our second amendment, and our first amendment and all of our amendments that need to be protected which are not going to be an amendment at all if Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders gets elected,” Autry told ABC 30.
While this may be a stretch to believe, Autry’s uncle insists that he supports Trump on his own free will and “he knows a lot about politics.”
Autry stuck to his guns about his hat and ultimately, his family kept him home from school instead of making him follow the school’s demands.
The school district released a statement explaining the elementary school’s position. They explained that their “job as educators is to facilitate a safe learning environment and encourage diverse conversations of diverse thoughts.”
"We are proud that in this case, our school achieved that goal by allowing the student to wear his hat for several days," The statement read. "However, it is also our responsibility to take precautions when the discourse begins to impact our school climate and interrupt school operations."
Ironically, Autry’s attempt to make a misguided political statement fell flat after his beloved hat was ripped to shreds by his keen and intuitive family dog.
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