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North Carolina School Tells 9-Year-Old Boy Not To Bring His "My Little Pony" Backpack To School

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Updated 03/19/2014 2:38pm
North Carolina School Tells 9-Year-Old Boy Not To Bring His
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Samantha Stratton

Staff Writer


A North Carolina School is facing scrutiny after telling a 9-year-old boy that he should stop bringing his “My Little Pony” bag to school because it could be a “trigger for bullying.” Grayson Bruce is a fan of My Little Pony, a show that promotes friendship and kindness, however, his love for the show has given him just the opposite in return at school. Recently, Bruce has been the target of school bullies. Bruce told the local ABC affiliate WLOS that "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’s mother, Noreen, stands by his love for the show. She told WLOS that "it's promoting friendship, there's no bad words, there's no violence, it's hard to find that, even in cartoons now." Thursday the school told Bruce that he should refrain from bringing the bag to school because it could be viewed as “a trigger for bullying.” Noreen Bruce was not pleased with this and said "that 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." This isn’t the first time boys, or “Bronies,” who like My Little Pony have been target by bullies. An 11-year-old boy attempted suicide earlier this year after being bullied for liking the show. Friends of Bruce have already formed a Facebook page to show support that has over 40,000 likes.
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Buncombe County Schools released a statement saying that “"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." Bruce is no longer taking his bag to school, but he and is mom don’t think he should be forced to leave it at home. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!

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