CNN/WLOS: A North Carolina mom and her 9-year-old son said school officials won’t let him bring a My Little Pony bag to class.
The boy said he’s been shoved around by bullies who think his favorite toy is only 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,” Grayson Bruce said.
He understands why some kids call him names.
“Most of the characters in the show are girls, and most of the people put it toward girls, most of the toys are girlie, and surprisingly I found stuff like this?” Grayson said.
Grayson has developed a following on Facebook after a friend made a support page for him. He stands by his favorite cartoon and the message he said it sends. His mother said, “Why not?”
“It’s promoting friendship, there’s no bad words, there’s no violence, it’s hard to find that, even in cartoons now,” Noreen Bruce said.
She said Thursday, the school asked him to leave the pack at home because it had become a distraction and was a “trigger for bullying”
“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying, is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape. It’s flawed logic, it doesn’t make any sense,” she said.
Noreen Bruce wants punishment for the students involved. Buncomne County Schools declined an interview, but sent this statement to WLOS:
“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.”