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Should he be allowed to bring his "My Little Pony" bag to school or for safety sake, leave it at home?

Posted by on Mar. 12, 2014 at 6:22 PM
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BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WRIC)—A North Carolina mother whose son has been bullied for bringing a “My Little Pony” bag to class says school officials now won’t let him bring the bag to school.

Grayson Bruce is a big fan of “My Little Pony,” a cartoon that emphasizes to children that “friendship is magic.” But his interest has caused the 9-year-old to be bullied at school; his classmates say his favorite toy is for girls.

“They’re taking it a little too far, with punching me, pushing me down, calling me horrible names, stuff that really shouldn’t happen,” Bruce told WLOS News13, an ABC affiliate in Asheville, N.C. “Most of the characters in the show are girls, and most of the people put it toward girls, most of the toys are girlie.”


Noreen Bruce supports her son’s love of the show saying, “It’s promoting friendship, there [are] no bad words, there’s no violence; it’s hard to find that, even in cartoons now.”

Grayson even has his own following on Facebook, after a friend created a support page for him. Profile pictures of a gray pony with glasses and the message “<3 for Grayson” are circulating on Facebook.

Last week, Grayson’s school asked him to leave his Rainbow Dash bag at home, because officials felt it was a distraction and a “trigger for bullying.”

Noreen Bruce disagrees with the school’s request and wants her son’s bullies to be punished for their actions.


“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape,” she said. “It’s flawed logic; it doesn’t make any sense.”

Buncombe County Schools declined an interview with WLOS News13 but said in a statement, “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.”

Grayson Bruce isn’t the only North Carolina “Brony”—a popular term used to describe male “My Little Pony” fans—to make headlines for being bullied about his interest in the show. In January, 11-year-old Michael Morones, of Wake County, tried to commit suicide because he was tormented at school for his love of “My Little Pony.” Morones hung himself off the side of his bunk bed.

“Eleven to 15-year-old boys are very much at risk for thinking about suicide when they’re perceived as being gay,” bullying prevention expert Nancy Mullin told WTVD.


According to ABC affiliate WTVD in Raleigh, Morones has been moved out of the intensive care unit at WakeMed; he will eventually be transported to a facility that can assist with brain trauma and neurological rehabilitation.

“The missing piece here is what the school is doing about this,” Mullin said, adding that while North Carolina is one of 49 states with bullying prevention laws, she doesn’t feel enough is being done to implement successful programs

by on Mar. 12, 2014 at 6:22 PM
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jconney80
by Platinum Member on Mar. 12, 2014 at 10:50 PM
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There are now male characters in the My Little Pony shows. I don't see the big deal.
calsmom62
by Silver Member on Mar. 12, 2014 at 11:34 PM
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i wish everyone followed the golden rule. the world would be much kinder
lovinmykiddo07
by Ruby Member on Mar. 12, 2014 at 11:35 PM
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If the kid wants to bring the bag, let him bring it! 

How about making this into a lesson about NOT bullying instead of not letting the kid express himself?

onethentwins
by Silver Member on Mar. 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

This! It's outrageous to tell him not to bring the bag. Sue worthy even. 

Quoting momdoes:


“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape,” she said. “It’s flawed logic; it doesn’t make any sense.”

armywifey1983
by Bronze Member on Mar. 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM
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Here's a novel idea. Why doesn't the school deal with the bullies instead of the things that could potentially trigger the bullying? That poor kid! Telling him to not bring to school something he truly loves is NOT the way to handle this!

cakklove
by Member on Mar. 13, 2014 at 5:48 PM

I think he SHOULD be allowed to bring it to school but if it's causing a distraction, I can see why they would not allow it.  Kids SHOULD be nice and the school SHOULD do something about the bullying but idk..

ZA.Mama
by on Mar. 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Exactly! I actually know these people. Not personally, friends of a friend. He's a great kid and super sweet. The school told this boy it was his mothers fault! That she shouldn't have let him bring it to school, and the kids telling him to KILL his self are his moms fault. It's sickening.

Quoting armywifey1983:

Here's a novel idea. Why doesn't the school deal with the bullies instead of the things that could potentially trigger the bullying? That poor kid! Telling him to not bring to school something he truly loves is NOT the way to handle this!


RoseWall
by Platinum Member on Mar. 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM
Interesting
MaddieLainesMom
by Bronze Member on Mar. 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

If they're going to do that there should be a ban on all character bags. No reason to call a child out because they are the VICTIM of abuse. If my daughter can bring her My Little Pony things to school, I would expect the same for students of all genders. If I were the parent in this situation, I would be furious. I hate the emphasis put on kids to confrom to gender stereotypes. 

TheFairest
by Member on Mar. 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM
The school is enabling the bullies if he's not allowed to wear his backpack to school.
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