A 9-year-old North Carolina elementary school boy has been ordered to stop taking his My Little Pony lunch bag to school, all because officials believe it poses a danger to him.
An ABC News report states Candler Elementary claims to have banned the bag because they considered it a “trigger for bullying” and wanted to deter bullies from hurting the boy.
“They were taking it a little too far with, you know, punching me, pushing me down, calling me horrible names,” said Grayson Bruce, who will no longer have his lunch packed in his furry blue “Rainbow Dash” lunch bag. “Stuff that really shouldn’t happen.”
Bruce’s lunch bag features a character from the cartoon TV show :My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” and was perceived by his peers as being “girly” or “gay”.
Bruce’s mother, Nicola Bruce, strongly disagrees with Candler Elementary’s stance on her son’s lunch bag and on their bullying policy in general.
“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying, is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape. It’s a flawed logic, it doesn’t make any sense,” she said.
Regardless of whether parents agree or not Buncombe County Schools have not had a change of heart and reiterated that “…Buncombe County Schools takes bullying very seriously, and we will continue to take steps to resolve this issue…”
They also attributed the school’s decision to prohibit Bruce’s My Little Pony lunch bag from the premises as “an initial step taken to immediately address a situation that had created a disruption in the classroom.”
Buncombe County Schools stood by its decision to stop him from bringing the bag in, and said: 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.
As strange as this lunch bag incident might seem, it is certainly not an isolated case in North Carolina. In the past few years the state has witnessed a string of similar bullying cases.
Another North Carolina boy, 11-year-old Michael Morones, tried to hang himself and ended up in a coma after being heavily bullied because of his love of My Little Pony.
Since then, the Morones family has disclosed on Twitter that Michael has woken up from his coma and is undergoing treatment for brain damage.
My Little Pony has a worldwide male following nickamed “bronies” and has a viewership of 4 million per month.