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The New York Yankees hat has not only helped the 13-year-old to cope with the cruel taunts of other children, but also protects his head and lashless eyes from the sun.
But the schoolboy has now been ordered to remove the cap after his school decided it went against its uniform policy.
Dale - who was warned that he would be taught in isolation if he refused - is now at home and missing classes.
His mother, Kenina Platts, 41, said: 'It's really cruel. I'm outraged the school can be so short-sighted. He wears the hat for medical reasons - it's not a fashion statement.
He was sent home last Thursday, the first day of the new school term.
Dale said: 'I just want to go to school and get no bother.'
A spokesman for the school said its uniform policy does not allow peaked caps or hoodies, but some allowances could be made for medical or religious reasons.