Buncombe County, North Carolina – Grayson Bruce, 9 loves My Little Pony. When it was time for him to choose a new backpack for school he chose a My Little Pony one.
Grayson loves the television show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, were the leading theme is that of friendship. Grayson referring to his blue backpack, told local station WLOS-TV:
“Most of the characters in the show are girls … most of the toys are girly … surprisingly I found stuff like this,”
Bullies have now targeted him because of his bag and Grayson said that:
“taking it a little too far, with punching me, pushing me down, calling me horrible names, stuff that really shouldn’t happen.”
The school told Grayson to leave the backpack at home as it had become a distraction and was a “trigger for bullying,”
Noreen, Grayson’s mother disagreed with this decision and said:
“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,”
The story went viral when it was picked up and reported by Alex Heigl on the People.com website. A Facebook page has been created in defense of Grayson. Set up on March 10, 2014 it now has over 70,000 likes.
Ms. Grayson updated the Facebook page yesterday with this note
We are working with Mr. Thompson (ed note: Director of Student Services) to help organize a Parent Advisory Council on Bullying. We will partner with them to make sure that every child feels safe and comfortable at school. After our talk this morning I’m confident that we can make strides in that area. . . “We are considering all options for getting Grayson back in school. We are pleased the school system is working closely with us. All of the options include Grayson taking his “My Little Pony” bag to school.
Editor’s Note 22/03/2014: We originally believed that Grayson is on the autism spectrum, however further investigation indicates that he is not. Hence the inclusion of this story. We strongly support any preventative measures regarding bullying and will leave the news story but have removed any references to Grayson being autistic.