Grayson Bruce, 9, would be considered a “Brony” — a male fan of the series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” a show which is usually attributed to a young female demographic.
Instead of wearing a Spider-Man or Iron Man backpack to school, he wears a “My Little Pony” one, but officials in Buncombe County said that he was no longer allowed to wear it, because it was a “trigger for bullying”, the Huffington Post reported.
The backpack was causing classroom disruptions and Bruce was receiving taunts and insults about the backpack being “girly.”
A petition at Change.org was even created and a Facebook page called “Support For Grayson” had over 10,000 Likes. Glenn Beck, of all people, showed his support for little Grayson.
Bruce wants to keep wearing the backpack, but the school may have an arguably-valid reason for placing the ban, after another North Carolina boy was bullied for his love of the same show, although, I have heard the incident was unrelated to Bruce’s ban.
Michael Morones, 11, attempted suicide on Jan. 23, 2014, after he was repeatedly bullied at school for wearing “My Little Pony” paraphernalia. Morones has sustained severe brain damage from the attempt.