To say that bullying has become a pervasive issue in our society is an understatement. And this recent story that involves a My Little Pony backpack is yet one more statement of a pretty sad state of abuse that children are undergoing each day. Grayson Bruce, a nine-year-old boy from North Carolina was told to leave his “My Little Pony” backpack at home because it would trigger bullying. Grayson has said other boys in his school picked on him saying that the backpack was “girly.”
Grayson was apparently punched, pushed down, and called names over wearing the fuzzy blue bag that has pony ears. Grayson’s mother was told by Buncombe County schools to leave the bag at home as it was causing a “disruption” in classrooms.
As of this morning there is an online petition campaigning for Grayson’s bag to be allowed back in the school. There’s also a Facebook Page that has already received 14,000 likes showing support for Grayson (currently the count is closer to 30,000). The page states, “We hope this page can offer support and shine light on a serious issue! Bullying needs to stop and we need to empower children to be who they are!”
Since the story broke online only a few hours ago, thousands are showing support for Grayson. There’s even a Youtube video from Petty Officer Dorr with the United States Navy who said to Grayson, “I’m sorry about what happened, but just keep your chin up, stay strong, and don’t let anybody change who you are.”
We hope that you join in with the other thousands of people adding to the Facebook Page like count as well as signing the online Petition for Grayson and his bag.
There are enough problems in the world let alone a child having to worry about what kind of backpack he can bring to school. We’re with you Grayson!