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.”
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.
Mom Kelly Miller started creating suicide prevention T-shirts after her son, Noah, committed suicide two years ago.
The T-shirt's front states, “Noah’s Angels,” and the back reads, “Suicide is NOT Selfish, Cowardly, The easy way out. Be part of raising awareness and get rid of the stigma!” notes RawStory.com.
According to My Fox Detroit, an unidentified teen at Belleville High School in Michigan claims that the school said she couldn't wear the T-shirt or had to cover the message with tape.
Miller says Belleville school administrators won't give her an answer as to why the shirt has been banned but has simply cited the school’s policy about “unacceptable attire.”
Sources: My Fox Detroit and RawStory.com
Shane Kinney, 16, enjoys hunting and is a member of the National Rifle Association, but when he wore his NRA T-shirt to school recently, it caused an uproar.
Wayne and Kim Kinney say their son was suspended from Grand Island High School in New York for violating the school's dress code, which does not allow clothing that will "disrupt or interfere with the educational process."
The NRA shirt featured the group's pro-gun logo over crossed rifles.
"It's the same shirt he's worn before, but this time they said something about it," Wayne Kinney told WGRZ (video below). "They said [the problem] was the guns."
"Just by wearing the shirt, yes, it has guns on it, but it doesn't mean you are for any kind of violence," stated Kim Kinney.
According to BreitBart.com, when the school told Shane Kinney to turn his T-shirt inside out, he refused.
However, that refusal also violates part of the dress code: "Any student who refuses to do so or who ... fails to comply shall be subject to discipline," it reads.
"Shane will probably not wear shirts like this to school anymore," said Kim Kinney. "He can hold firmly to his beliefs, but for those 7 hours a day, five days a week he's in school, you have to kind of follow their rules, like it or not. But he'll move on, he'll graduate, and probably serve our country and wear lots of shirts like that."
Branford High School officials in Connecticut have reportedly blocked a pro-life student group from handing out flyers during lunch since February.
Students for Life of America claimed on its website that principal Lee Panagoulias and other school administrators told Students for Life of Branford they were not allowed to have fetus models on a display table, could not hand out flyers, invite others to join their group and were only allowed to set up their display after school.
However, other student groups are allowed to do so during lunch.
“The First Amendment protects everyone, regardless of the speech that you’re presenting to the student body, regardless of whether it seems controversial to the administration,” Sam Bailey-Loomis, president and founder of the Students for Life of Branford, told the New Haven Register.
A Christian law group, Alliance Defending Freedom, sent a letter to the school district last week that calls for an end to the alleged discrimination.
"We cannot sit back while our pro-life students are denied their constitutional rights and bullied by their school administrators," said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. "At Branford High School, there is double standard for pro-life students, and we intend to expose this injustice and correct it."
Sources: Students for Life of America and New Haven Register
Male and female students at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. recently staged a "CMT versus BET" party, which has been described as "racist" by some observers.
The party, held off campus in January, was based on Country Music Television (CMT) and Black Entertainment Television (BET), reports The McDaniel Free Press, a student newspaper.
The party was held by members of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
The young women dressed in country music attire such as cutoff shorts, plaid shirts and cowboy boots, while the men wore gold chains, baggy pants and backward baseball caps often associated with black rappers.
McDaniel College Vice President for Student Affairs Beth Gerl said last Wednesday that "any event that promotes negative stereotypes or disrespect of others is reprehensible," noted the Daily Mail.
The Phi Sigma Sigma and Phi Delta Theta national headquarters both promised to hold their members accountable if any rules were broken.
According to CBS Baltimore, Phi Sigma Sigma, said in a statement, "Phi Sigma Sigma finds the actions associated with this event inappropriate… The issue has been brought to the attention of Phi Sigma Sigma’s International Standards Board, and our collegiate women will be held accountable for their actions.”
The Black Student Union (BSU) President, Serena Hueitt, told The McDaniel Free Press, “The BSU is trying to change the way others view people of African-American descent and dressing up seems to play into the stereotypes of people of African-American descent. I don’t think it’s right to do that.”
Republican lawmakers in South Carolina want to cut the budgets of the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina (USC) Upstate because the schools offer courses that include gay-themed books.
The S.C. State House of Representatives voted in February to reduce funds for the College of Charleston by $52,000 and the University of South Carolina Upstate by $17,162, noted the Christian Science Monitor.
The money could be voted back in on March 10 when lawmakers vote on their 2014-2015 fiscal budget.
State Rep. Garry Smith (R), who proposed the cuts, said he got a letter from an offended voter whose 17-year-old daughter is going to the College of Charleston.
"I think the university has to be reasonable and sensible to the feelings and beliefs of their students," Smith told CNN. "That was totally ignored here. I was trying to hold the university accountable."
"Their stance is 'Even if you don't want to read it, we'll shove it down your throat,'" claimed Smith. "It's not academic freedom, it's academic totalitarianism."
However, the College of Charleston says that if a student is offended, he or she can could move to another class where "Fun Home," a book about the author coming out as a lesbian, is not assigned.
USC Upstate assigned the book "Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio" as summer reading for freshmen, but says students can take the class (without the book) in their second year if they want to.
Smith says many people have told him that they support the proposed cuts against the schools.
"They appreciate me taking a stand," said Smith.
Fifth-grader Nathan Entingh was suspended last week after he pointed his fingers in the shape of a gun and pretended to shoot a fellow classmate at the Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio.
“I was just playing around,” Entingh told The Columbus Dispatch. “People play around like this a lot at my school.”
Entingh, who was suspended for three days for a “level 2 lookalike firearm," says other students have done the same thing, but weren’t suspended (video below).
School district spokesman Jeff Warner claims that students have been warned against imaginary gunplay with their fingers numerous times.
Warner claimed that Entingh put his “lookalike firearm” (his finger) to another student’s head and pretended to shoot “kind of execution style.”
“The kids were told, ‘If you don’t stop doing this type of stuff, there would be consequences,’” added Warner. “It’s just been escalating.”
However, Entingh's father Paul defended his son: “He said he was playing. It would even make more sense maybe if he brought a plastic gun that looked like a real gun or something, but it was his finger.”
The "zero-tolerance policy" for Ohio schools began after the 1999 Columbine shootings in Colorado that killed 12 students and one teacher. But that tragic incident involved real guns, not fingers and imaginary guns.
According to Time, State Senator Charleta Tavares (D) has proposed a bill to remove zero-tolerance polices in Ohio schools because of unfair punishments.
A Maryland middle school teacher was placed on administrative leave after she allegedly punished students by making them walk around the school holding a piece of rope in one hand and books in the other.
Prince George’s County Public Schools said in a statement that they are “appalled and offended” by the Isaac J. Gourdine Middle School teacher’s choice. The school board noted that the teacher acted on her own with poor judgment.
“We have spoken to the parents and students and offered our apologies for this unfortunate incident,” the school board stated. “We apologize for this ever occurring.”
According to the school board, the teacher will remain on administrative leave until its investigation is concluded.
The unusual punishment occured just after the Maryland state school board enforced new regulations regarding punishment.
“Safe schools grow out of a positive school climate,” Charlene M. Dukes, state school board president, said. “Maryland is dedicated to maintaining safety while increasing student achievement."
Fox News often complains that the free of speech rights of conservatives are being infringed, however, the news channel is supporting an effort to ban Isabel Allende's novel The House of The Spirits from a North Carolina classroom.
"Parents are outraged over a new book being assigned to their high school students containing references to abortion and prostitution," Elisabeth Hasselbeck said this morning on Fox & Friends, noted MediaMatters.org (video below).
"It's part of the government's Common Core education program" claimed Hasselbeck.
She then interviewed North Carolina mother Chastity Lesesne on her attempts to force the North Carolina's Watauga High School to drop The House of The Spirits from a 10th grade class.
WBTV reported last week that the Watauga County Board of Education voted 3-2 to keep The House of the Spirits in the 10th grade curriculum as the highly-acclaimed novel is used in many schools.
"This sexually explicit book should have never darkened our classrooms," said Lesesne during the school board's hearing. "It is too sexually explicit for the children in that class."
The book is about the hardships endured by four generations of a family in Chile.
The House of The Spirits is not part of Common Core as Hasselbeck claimed.
Common Core is actually a bi-partisan set of educational standards supported by people such as Jeb Bush and Bill Gates to address the problem of failing American students.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative says on its website:
The Standards are not a curriculum. They are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. Local teachers, principals, superintendents and others will decide how the standards are to be met. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.
A nine-year-old Chinese student hurt himself recently after getting a score on a test that would send most kids running home with joy. The boy’s father took him to the hospital and discovered his son stabbed himself with sewing needles because he got a 99% on the test.
It took doctors from the 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University over two hours to remove four needles from the boy’s stomach.
After being taken to the hospital, the boy explained why he harmed himself over the near-perfect grade. He told officials he scored a 100% on previous exams and that a 99% was unacceptable to him. He stabbed two needles into his stomach before his school’s winter break and inserted another two before returning to school two weeks later.
The boy’s father discovered bumps on his son’s stomach while his son was bathing. The child started complaining about intense stomach pain a few days later and was taken to the hospital.