A 9-year-old bullied North Carolina boy is being asked by school officials to leave his “My Little Pony” bag at home from now on because they believe it is a “trigger for bullying.”
Grayson Bruce says other children have been tormenting him because he loves the popular cartoon, and generally, people believe the show is mostly geared towards 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,” said Brue to WLOS News in Asheville. “Most of the characters in the show are girls, and most of the people put it towards girls, most of the toys are girlie.”
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Bruce says that other kids bully him about his My Little Pony bag and go as far as punching him, pushing him around, and calling him names. Bruce’s mother says that instead of doing something about the bullies, the school decided to target her son’s bag as the problem, and that’s something she’s willing to put up a fight about.
“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape,” said Noreen Bruce. “It’s flawed logic; it doesn’t make any sense.”
Buncome County Schools made a statement regarding their request that Bruce stop taking his bag to school, saying, “an initial step was taken to immediately address a situation that had created a disruption in the classroom. Buncome County Schools takes bullying very seriously, and we will continue to take steps to resolve this issue.”
Noreen Bruce continues to defend her son’s love of the television show, saying that the show is a positive in his life.
“It’s promoting friendship, there are no bad words, there’s no violence; it’s hard to find that, even in cartoons now,” said Noreen.
There is a strong following of males that have a love for the TV show, and the term “Brony” was even coined to describe one of these male fans.