Local second-grader sent home for controversial hat

Coventry, R.I. – The mother of a Rhode Island second-grader says her son was barred by his school from wearing a patriotic hat he made to honor Army troops because of a no-weapons policy.

Christan Morales on Thursday says her 8-year-old son, David, was assigned to make a crazy hat in his class at the Tiogue School in Coventry.

She says they brainstormed and he came up with an idea to glue Army figures to a camouflage hat with an American flag.

But she says David was not allowed to wear the hat for the project. Morales says his teacher called her to say it wasn't appropriate because it had guns, violating a ban on weapons and toy weapons.

The principal did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

The story was first reported by WPRI.