Student challenges MAGA hat ban

February 21, 2019 04:45 PM

FRESNO, Ca (KSEE/NBC News) -- A California high school student is challenging her school's dress code after being told she can't wear her "Make America Great Again" hat on campus.

Clovis North senior Maddie Mueller doesn't shy away from sharing her political views or wardrobe. She is a member of the "Valley Patriots." 

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The group asked their members to wear their MAGA hats on Feb. 20. 

Maddie was told she couldn't on campus, so she asked if she could wear any Trump hat with school colors on it. 

She says she was told no, citing the dress code.

"To my knowledge, Trump is not a logo it's a last name, it's just our president, you can't claim the president is a logo, sports team or affiliated with any gang," she says.

The Clovis Unified School District's dress code does not specify if political hats or shirts are allowed.

"Bottom line for us is the dress code is for kids to feel safe at school and free of distractions so they can focus on learning," says CUSD spokesperson, Kelly Avants.

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