School Bars 9-Year-Old From Wearing 'Make America Great Again' HatChild refused to remove hat when confronted by vice principal, principal
Jun. 03, 2016
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A school in California barred a 9-year-old child from wearing presidential candidate Donald Trump's trademark red hat, featuring the words "Make America Great Again."
The Powers-Ginsburg Elementary School in Fresno sent third grader Logan Autry home Thursday claiming the student's hat -- which he'd worn three days in a row -- created a safety concern.
"The vice principal came up to me and told me to take my hat off because it brings negative attention from other students. And I said, 'No,' a few times, and then the principal told me again, and I still said, 'No,' and refused," Autry told reporters.
Autry's guardian, Angela Hoffknecht, told ABC30.com the boy has been closely following the 2016 election and is pretty knowledgeable for a kid.
"He knows more than I do," Hoffknecht said. "He knows more about this election than I know, it's kind of embarrassing. You know, like 'are you smarter than a third grader' kinda thing. But he is just very adamant about his beliefs and his rights. He wants to be a politician. That's his goal."
For his part, Autry – who studies politics and American history – has been touting the presumptive Republican nominee's talking points on the playground to other children, leading to several confrontations.
"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 described.
Autry says he obtained his $20 hat last week when he skipped school to attend a nearby Trump rally.
The boy, like many, is impressed by Trump's rhetoric and his straight shooting: "He doesn't speak like a politician. He speaks like a normal person. He knows what this country needs."
The third grader says he met Trump at the rally, got his hat autographed, and even got to touch the billionaire's hair.
"I got to shake his hand and I felt his hair too, and it's actually real. On the TV it looks not real, but it like, has a blur but when you see it in real life it looks a lot different."
School administrators claim they're concerned with Autry's safety as well as other children's – likely an accurate assessment given the violence seen from anti-Trump protesters in recent weeks.
The boy's guardian says she's been trying to get Autry to wear a different hat, like one with an American flag, to no avail.