Logan Autry just wanted to wear his favorite red hat to school.
So the 9-year-old wore the unmistakable baseball cap emblazoned with Donald Trump's 2016 presidential slogan — Make America Great Again — to school in Fresno, California. Thus the acrimony that has defined Trump's election bid found its way from the campaign trail to the classroom of a third-grader.
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"They were saying they didn't like Trump," Logan told the station. "They were saying he was stupid."
Logan had just gotten the hat during Trump's recent campaign rally in Fresno, and he'd even had it had signed. So when the school's principal asked Logan to remove it, he refused, and the boy's family kept him home for a day, his uncle told the station.
"They should be able to freely express [themselves] without fear of being beat up or harassed," the uncle, Zacc Autry, told KSEE.
But if a hat becomes a distraction, the station reported, the school district's code allows administrators to ask students to remove it.
In a statement, district officials said their "job as educators is to facilitate a safe learning environment where we encourage robust conversations of diverse and thoughts. We are proud that in this case, our school achieved that goal by allowing the student to wear his hat for several days. However, it is also our responsibility to take precautions when the discourse begins to impact our school climate and interrupt school operations."
Tim Stelloh is a reporter for NBC News, based in California.