A 9-year-old North Carolina boy who was physically and verbally bullied by classmates after he brought a “My Little Pony” backpack to school, has been told by school officials to bring his belongings in something else – something a little less homosexual.
According to the school, the bag – not the bullying – is the problem. Buncombe County Schools released a statement defending its dick move (and you know it’s a dick move when even Glenn Beck is on the boy’s side), saying “an initial step was taken to immediately address a situation that had created a disruption in the classroom.”
Perhaps, but if you’re carrying a My Little Pony backpack to school everyday, I’m pretty sure banning the bag isn’t going to stop the bullying. This kid is in for a rough ride until college unless something is done about the bullying – not just the bag.
But 9-year-old Grayson Bruce, the ultimate brony, just wants his My Little Pony bag back. While Grayson acknowledges that his favorite cartoon is targeted toward girls, he likes the show’s message of friendship and feels that boys should be encouraged to watch it too – without the threat of being bullied.
“They’re taking it a little too far with, you know, punching me, pushing me down, calling me horrible names,” Grayson said. “Stuff that really shouldn’t happen.”
Grayson’s mom, Noreen, is sticking up for her son, calling the school out for banning the bag rather than banning the bullying.
“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape. It’s flawed logic; it doesn’t make any sense,” she said.
Horrified that her son has been told to “go kill yourself” and worried that he will end up like 11-year-old Michael Morones, another boy from North Carolina who was a fan of My Little Pony and tried to hang himself after being bullied at school, Noreen has decided to homeschool Grayson – at least until she can find a more Brony friendly school in the area.