Grayson Bruce is a 9-year-old from North Carolina who was bullied because of his love of My Little Pony. Grayson was often punched, pushed and called names and in response to the bullying his school recently banned him from bringing in his My Little Pony lunch bag citing it as a trigger for bullying.
In an interview with an ABC affiliate, Grayson said, “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’s mother, Noreen, doesn’t object to her son having a My Little Pony lunch bag, because the cartoon is one of the few that stresses the importance of friendship and caring. But she does object to the school enabling the 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,” Noreen told the news station.
The men and boys who follow My Little Pony are called Bronies, and many are showing their support for Grayson via a Facebook page that was set up for him.
Grayson isn’t the only boy who has had issues because of their My Little Pony toys. Earlier this year, an 11-year-old boy tried to commit suicide after he was bullied for being a My Little Pony fan. So far the Bronies have raised over $70,000 in support of his recovery costs.
The school released a statement in response to the bullying, saying “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.”