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Trump to Replace 9-Year-Old's Hat Destroyed by Dogs

The California third-grader was banned last week from wearing the cap to school in Fresno

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    Dog Eats Boy's 'Make America Great Again' Hat

    Donald Trump's campaign has reached out to a 10-year-old California boy following the loss of his treasured "Make America Great Again" hat.

    "I just really want another autographed hat," says 9-year-old Logan Autry. (Published Tuesday, June 7, 2016)

    Logan Autry's autographed Donald Trump hat has seen better days.

    The California third-grader was banned last week from wearing the cap to school in Fresno. Days later, his stepmother's dogs got ahold of it.

    The 9-year-old told NBC affiliate KSEE he left his hat on the patio while swimming over the weekend and returned to find it in shreds.

    "I just really want another signed Donald Trump hat," Logan said, showing the tattered remains of the cap that reads "Make America Great Again."

    Fortunately for Logan, Trump's campaign has offered to make that happen.

    Campaign staff called Logan's stepmother on Monday and offered to send a new autographed hat, KSEE reports.

    "I'm very excited," Logan said when his stepmother broke the news.

    Logan was in the front row at Trump's rally last week in downtown Fresno. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee shook Logan's hand and signed his hat.

    The cap became Logan's favorite and he wore it to school every day. But it soon became a center of controversy.

    Officials at Powers-Ginsburg Elementary School told KSEE the hat was causing problems on campus and Logan was bullied for wearing it.

    "Our job as educators is to facilitate a safe learning environment where we encourage robust conversations of diverse ideas and thoughts," district officials said in a statement, adding that Logan had worn the hat for several days.

    "However, it’s also our responsibility to take precautions when the discourse begins to impact our school climate and interrupt school operations," school officials added.

    According to district rules, hats may be worn outside the classroom, but must be taken off if they create a distraction, KSEE reports.

    "They told me to take my hat off because it brings negative emotions to the other children who don’t like him," Logan told the station.

    His stepmother, Angela Hoffknecht, told KSEE she's proud of Logan and doesn't believe he should be penalized for voicing his opinion.

    "I think the hat is what broke the story but the hat is not the story," she said. "Logan is what made the story. Logan standing up for his beliefs and standing up for his rights to wear the hat at school."