School Bans Boy's My Little Pony Backpack
Says it's a 'trigger for bullying'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2014 2:41 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Another little boy is being bullied over his love for My Little Pony—but in this case, his school has taken controversial action. Grayson Bruce, 9, is no longer allowed to bring his My Little Pony backpack to his North Carolina elementary school, he and his mom, Noreen, tell WLOS. Bruce says the school told her son the backpack was a distraction and a "trigger for bullying." But, she notes, that's "like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape." A Facebook page supporting Grayson has more than 30,000 fans, and more than 5,000 people have signed a petition asking that Grayson be allowed to bring the backpack back to school.

Grayson says kids at school are "taking it a little too far, with punching me, pushing me down, calling me horrible names, stuff that really shouldn't happen." He says the backpack did seem to make things worse. All the school district has said so far: "An initial step was taken to immediately address a situation that had created a disruption in the classroom. Buncombe County Schools takes bullying very seriously, and we will continue to take steps to resolve this issue." (Another North Carolina boy attempted suicide after he was bullied over the same cartoon; WRIC reports that he is now out of intensive care but has suffered brain trauma.)

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Gene Smith
Mar 19, 2014 2:07 PM CDT
BS such as this is going too far, and has been for too long. It's time we citizens stop it, once and for all. The friggin bullies are the ones that need severe punishment, not that innocent boy. The lazy a$$'d teachers and other school officials are not doing their jobs. All the parents with students in that school need to raise one hellacious demonstration against such idiotic policies vamped upon innocent students for the wrong reasons.
Mar 19, 2014 1:26 PM CDT
Seems like the school is full of adult dummies. You ban bullies not back packs. This 9 year old seems to know more about courage and standing up for his rights than any of so called teachers. The school needs to have classes and workshops teaching the tolerance of others and that it is better to allow differences among people, rather than lock up the entire country into some oppressive conformity. The problem here is the people running the school are not doing their job, or they just don't know how to do their job. How could a picture on a back back disrupt a school that had a solid foundation?The teachers and the principal don't want to work.
Mar 19, 2014 12:46 PM CDT
Enough, already! Get the NEA and government out of your children's lives, eh? If there's obvious bullying at school and it's not addressed, hold the teachers responsible. They are the ones letting it happen. Outside of the school, it's welcome to life. Deal with it, kids and parents. So teach the kids some vital karate as this grandpa did to his grandson. That's the maiming blows type as in crushing windpipes and hammer blows to the temple and only used when you have to defend yourself. This old vet was a student of Masutatsu Oyama. His techniques should be taught in school as anti-bully medicine. For a primer, do an online search for "Masutatsu Oyama." The guy maimed and killed some bulls in a bull ring with his bare hands and no weapons! He was criticized because he used karate blows to wear them down, knocked their horns off with karate blows and then killed a couple of them by twisting and breaking their necks. However, he was the real deal, no fancy showboat choreography a la Bruce Lee.