Bullying is a serious issue in today’s schools, but sometimes you have to wonder if schools might be taking things a bit too far. A fifth-grader in North Carolina was recently informed by school administrators that his My Little Pony-themed backpack might actually provoke bullying behavior. Seriously?
According to WLOS-TV, 9-year-old Grayson Bruce, a fifth-grader, bought the backpack because My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is his favorite TV show. Apparently, the other students in his school are not fans of little pastel ponies that talk.
Grayson told WLOS that after he started taking the backpack to school, some kids were "taking it a little too far, with punching me, pushing me down, calling me horrible names, stuff that really shouldn't happen."
When Grayson’s mom Noreen complained about the bullying behavior of these other students, she was told by school administrators that Grayson should leave his backpack at home, referring to it as a "trigger" for bullies. Noreen told WLOS, "Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape,” adding, “It's flawed logic, it doesn't make any sense."
While Buncombe County officials told WLOS that they are "looking into the matter," news of the story quickly went viral. Some concerned citizens even created a Facebook page called Support for Grayson that champion’s his right to wear his backpack proudly.