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School Won’t Let Bullied Boy Bring ‘My Little Pony’ Bag to Class
WRIC Newsroom ^ | 03/12/2014 | WRIC Newsroom

Posted on 03/14/2014 10:40:04 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WRIC)—A North Carolina mother whose son has been bullied for bringing a “My Little Pony” bag to class says school officials now won’t let him bring the bag to school.

Grayson Bruce is a big fan of “My Little Pony,” a cartoon that emphasizes to children that “friendship is magic.” But his interest has caused the 9-year-old to be bullied at school; his classmates say his favorite toy is for girls.

“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 told WLOS News13, an ABC affiliate in Asheville, N.C. “Most of the characters in the show are girls, and most of the people put it toward girls, most of the toys are girlie.”

Noreen Bruce supports her son’s love of the show saying, “It’s promoting friendship, there [are] no bad words, there’s no violence; it’s hard to find that, even in cartoons now.”

Grayson even has his own following on Facebook, after a friend created a support page for him. Profile pictures of a gray pony with glasses and the message “<3 for Grayson” are circulating on Facebook.

Last week, Grayson’s school asked him to leave his Rainbow Dash bag at home, because officials felt it was a distraction and a “trigger for bullying.”

Noreen Bruce disagrees with the school’s request and wants her son’s bullies to be punished for their actions.

“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape,” she said. “It’s flawed logic; it doesn’t make any sense.”

Buncombe County Schools declined an interview with WLOS News13 but said in a statement, “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.”

Grayson Bruce isn’t the only North Carolina “Brony”—a popular term used to describe male “My Little Pony” fans—to make headlines for being bullied about his interest in the show. In January, 11-year-old Michael Morones, of Wake County, tried to commit suicide because he was tormented at school for his love of “My Little Pony.” Morones hung himself off the side of his bunk bed.

“Eleven to 15-year-old boys are very much at risk for thinking about suicide when they’re perceived as being gay,” bullying prevention expert Nancy Mullin told WTVD.

According to ABC affiliate WTVD in Raleigh, Morones has been moved out of the intensive care unit at WakeMed; he will eventually be transported to a facility that can assist with brain trauma and neurological rehabilitation.

“The missing piece here is what the school is doing about this,” Mullin said, adding that while North Carolina is one of 49 states with bullying prevention laws, she doesn’t feel enough is being done to implement successful programs.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Education
KEYWORDS: arth; bronie; brony; bullying; futurepajamaboy; mylittlepony; pajamaboy
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Two things. 1. Its obvious the poor kid has no father at home. 2. Or if he does; he dad is a bronie as well.
1 posted on 03/14/2014 10:40:04 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’ll bet Obama is a brony..


2 posted on 03/14/2014 10:43:27 AM PDT by cardinal4
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To: Responsibility2nd; metmom

Hey I never watched the show so I can’t comment on it. However why would they ban the kid from having a bag with a pony on it? Not like it’s GI Joe holding a gun?

Home school the kid and tell the public skool system what it can do with itself.


3 posted on 03/14/2014 10:43:35 AM PDT by Morgana (Wagglebee please come home we miss you!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

What’s REALLY sad? A poll at the link.

Do you think Grayson Bruce should be allowed to bring his “My Little Pony” bag to school, despite the teasing?

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DON’T LOOK - Guess. How many people think little Grayson should be allowed to bring his MLP bag?

50%? 75%? More?


4 posted on 03/14/2014 10:43:57 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This is kind of sad.

My Little Pony is appealing to my 9-year-old son, but his sisters teased him without mercy so he gave it up.

Maybe we could all learn to live and let live a little.


5 posted on 03/14/2014 10:44:29 AM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: Responsibility2nd
his classmates say his favorite toy is for girls.

His classmates are correct on that particular point.

6 posted on 03/14/2014 10:44:59 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ridiculous.

He needs to be bullied. Someone needs to take that my little pony horsecrap and burn it and give this kid an Aqua Man and a BB gun... couple Tonka trucks and some GI Joes.

If you paint your hair orange and dress up like a clown and walk down the street... do you think everyone will just ignore you?

His parents are setting this kid up for a lifetime of therapy for his ‘mental problems’.

“Be yourself” OK... be yourself. But don’t come crying when NORMAL people tell you that you are an idiot.


7 posted on 03/14/2014 10:47:01 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: agrarianlady

Yes my son was a fan too. Also went to school in Bucombe County NC.


8 posted on 03/14/2014 10:47:13 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’ve got a kid in my Scout Troop who’s a ‘Brony’. One of the best kids I’ve got. Super smart, hates school and socializing with other people, but he’s always got a smile on his face.

We got a laptop for him, replete with the latest MS and Cisco developer tools, plus training on HTML, CSS, Ruby, Python, C-Sharp, etc.

The idea is to see if we can get him to GED out into a tech job locally and bypass the High School Horse sh!t.

Kid’s father is an Army Ranger, so that’s out. Two parent home. Mom’s got severe ADHD and other sensory issues related to autism.

Kid’s in the honor society too.

Dad races motorcycles, is in the NRA, staunch conservative, and Christian.

Sometimes its nature.


9 posted on 03/14/2014 10:48:08 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Responsibility2nd

As the parent of an 8 year old boy A) I don’t know that he’d want to carry something he knew was going to get him picked on or B) that I’d send him to school with something I knew would get him picked on..


10 posted on 03/14/2014 10:48:20 AM PDT by pnz1
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To: PGR88

No one should be picked on, period.

And if the boy is gay, that is no excuse, because that’s no different than picking on a retarded kid.


11 posted on 03/14/2014 10:48:28 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Either

A) There is no father in the home

B) The father is a useless wet liberal dish rag.


12 posted on 03/14/2014 10:50:15 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Responsibility2nd
“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape,” she said. “It’s flawed logic; it doesn’t make any sense.”

A male would be viscerally excoriated if he said the same thing, "she was just asking for it, dressed like that."

13 posted on 03/14/2014 10:50:21 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I say let the kid take the damn thing to school and let nature take its course.

He’ll either learn to leave it at home all by himself or he’ll teach the bullies to leave him alone.


14 posted on 03/14/2014 10:51:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: envisio

It;s dumb. This is not a bullying issue at all. This is a PARENTING issue, and this kids parents are failing him. The mother sounds like a lib.


15 posted on 03/14/2014 10:51:50 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Responsibility2nd
Being a boy who is into a cartoon based around pastel-colored ponies written to "help little girls build self-esteem" is weird, but I would guess for most it's a phase they'll grow out of.

Now, being an adult man into it is an entirely different ballgame.

16 posted on 03/14/2014 10:51:55 AM PDT by PaulCruz2016
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To: Gaffer

I stirred up a nest of feminists on twitter a few days ago when I suggested that dildos should be banned because they’re just a representation of a “rape tool” like a toy gun is a representation of a “murder tool”.


17 posted on 03/14/2014 10:53:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: envisio

And any girl who likes guns is a dyke and should be bullied too?


18 posted on 03/14/2014 10:54:49 AM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: PaulCruz2016

I’d say all the hype/drama created over this will make it harder for the phase to pass. The kid might feel obligated to carry it since everyone made such a big deal out of it.


19 posted on 03/14/2014 10:54:49 AM PDT by pnz1
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To: Responsibility2nd

Heck, if the kid would just say he’s queer or a tranny the school would buy him a REAL pony


20 posted on 03/14/2014 10:56:11 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: cripplecreek

They’re all mind-crippled by that whore Lena whatshername on HBO. What a tramp skank. If I were to live another 20 years, I would fully expect to see her a$$ on Jerry.


21 posted on 03/14/2014 10:56:24 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: chae

nope


22 posted on 03/14/2014 10:57:32 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: agrarianlady

Maybe we could all learn to live and let live a little.

thats precisely whats being programmed out of people beginning in the gubment schools..and extending throughout life..if possible.

its all about control through..CRISIS Creation.

they have created a bullying crisis..and now care using same to control kids...and their parents.


23 posted on 03/14/2014 10:57:49 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Jesus came to Save not Entertain / Ground John Kerry Now!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’ve seen boys in their early teens use “girl’s backpacks” such as Disney Princess’ or My Little Pony. Typically they have them HOPING someone will start something so they have a reason to fight and avoid serious consequences.


24 posted on 03/14/2014 10:58:17 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: RinaseaofDs

Exactly. I think some artistic things appeal to boys, and that’s because they’re intelligent or otherwise exceptional —artistic and maybe musical.

Boys and men have historically been the world’s greatest composers and artists.

It’s our degraded culture and human nature that lets girls belittle boys and vice-versa.

No boy should be allowed to think: “I’m awesome at music and drama, or I like tech, therefore I must be gay.” And the culture will constantly try to drag him in that direction.


25 posted on 03/14/2014 10:58:41 AM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: cardinal4
I bet you're right.


26 posted on 03/14/2014 10:58:45 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
What’s REALLY sad? A poll at the link. Do you think Grayson Bruce should be allowed to bring his “My Little Pony” bag to school, despite the teasing?
DON’T LOOK - Guess. How many people think little Grayson should be allowed to bring his MLP bag?
50%? 75%? More?

I'm not going to guess, but what if the kid had moved fairly recently and the bag was a gift from a friend at his former location? Would honoring/remembering his friend be a bad thing? — my point is that the possession/use of the item mightn't be due to his love for the show at all, though even if he did like it, so what?

From the article:
“Eleven to 15-year-old boys are very much at risk for thinking about suicide when they’re perceived as being gay,” bullying prevention expert Nancy Mullin told WTVD.

This actually mirrors an article I came across a while back: C.S. Lewis and how the acceptance of gay sex leads to the eradication of friendship

27 posted on 03/14/2014 10:58:47 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The school is doing him the BIGGEST FAVOR of his LIFE!

Trust me on that, lady.


28 posted on 03/14/2014 11:01:12 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RinaseaofDs

Try introducing him to Ada before C#, it’s a much better programming language to start out on because it was designed with software engineering in mind (and so it naturally teaches good design).


29 posted on 03/14/2014 11:02:10 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: RinaseaofDs

I’d bet serious money that kid in your troop will turn out fine. He’ll outgrow his brony addiction and will adjust to normal life. That’s what millions of real kids do.

But for adults to cultivate this brony behaviour in children is just asking, no BEGGING for trouble.


30 posted on 03/14/2014 11:02:32 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Somebody buy this kid a Louis L’Amour book, for cryin’ out loud. There’s still a chance for him.


31 posted on 03/14/2014 11:05:12 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

LOL! have two grand son’s that watch My Little Pony as well Power puff girls then they’ll kick @$$ on call of duty and shoot it out with Nerf guns playing war then do a little pigeon eradication with a pellet gun. Too funny stuff like this is news.


32 posted on 03/14/2014 11:05:52 AM PDT by the_daug
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To: MeshugeMikey
they have created a bullying crisis..and now care using same to control kids...and their parents.

Not to mention preventing the kids from ever developing into adults.

I was a nerdy kid in school and a natural target till I changed the dynamic by proving that I would stand up for myself. Funny thing is that I can run into people who bullied me in school and talk to them like old friends because we grew up and let the past go.
33 posted on 03/14/2014 11:06:56 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Grayson Bruce”???

Poor kid doesn’t stand a chance ...


34 posted on 03/14/2014 11:07:14 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: TexasFreeper2009
No one should be picked on, period.

I thought I would get this response. I simply said "the toy is for girls." It was created for, and is marketed to, girls. It is a girls' toy. And kids aren't stupid either - they know it as well.

And yes, absolutely, you are correct - no one should be picked on.

So tell us how to fit this square peg in the round hole.

35 posted on 03/14/2014 11:08:31 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: envisio

Unless it is sarcasm - I suspect not - this is one of the most inane posts ever at FR.


36 posted on 03/14/2014 11:08:50 AM PDT by sakic
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To: cripplecreek

You owe me a new keyboard.

Did they ignore you or were you jumped en masse?


37 posted on 03/14/2014 11:09:22 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: PGR88

“His classmates say his favorite toy is for girls.

His classmates are correct on that particular point.”

This is called natural selection. Without State intervention potential poofters would be culled from the herd.


38 posted on 03/14/2014 11:09:50 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: dainbramaged

I used to read every thing with Louis L’Amor’s name on it that I could get my hands on. Learned a lot.


39 posted on 03/14/2014 11:10:37 AM PDT by sport
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To: cripplecreek
I say let the kid take the damn thing to school and let nature take its course. He’ll either learn to leave it at home all by himself or he’ll teach the bullies to leave him alone.

That's the best answer we've had.

40 posted on 03/14/2014 11:10:50 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Black Agnes

They attacked but I ignored them which really got their dainty panties in a twist.


41 posted on 03/14/2014 11:11:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

LOL. Too funny.

That’s one particular thing I’ve never understood about lesbians. They supposedly hate those things but then use them...but somehow that’s different.


42 posted on 03/14/2014 11:12:47 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: cripplecreek

preventing the kids from ever developing into adults.

thats exactly the point.

cradle to grave coercion.


43 posted on 03/14/2014 11:15:31 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Jesus came to Save not Entertain / Ground John Kerry Now!)
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To: Black Agnes

I stirred them up and walked away but watched the fight from a distance.

One of the best responses was a guy who complained about the time change and all that sammich makin time they lost. LOL


44 posted on 03/14/2014 11:15:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: PGR88; TexasFreeper2009

Bullying (being picked on) serves a purpose. It sends a message to the weak, strange, anti-social, difficult, BRONY LOVING kids that their actions are not acceptable.

Sure, bullying can get out of hand, but on the average, being teased and laughed at (bullying - by today’s definition) is not a problem.


45 posted on 03/14/2014 11:15:48 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: OneWingedShark

Exactly. I read that by C.S. Lewis, too.

We are in a homeschool group where I honestly don’t think parents talk about homosexuality to their kids a whole lot. They mostly ignore it.

At our very large co-op, my son will sometimes be so happy to see another boy that he’s missed that he’ll give him a big hug. And last week two girls in my class held hands the whole time because they’re friends.

My M-I-L who is 85 said that when she was a teenager, girls who were friends loved to hold hands when they were out and about, and thought nothing of it.

We honestly just avoid public-school bullies by homeschooling. Sure - my kids and the other homeschooled kids have problems and work them out, but it’s not to the same extent, and the parents are usually in the know. When we’re adults, we have that choice. We left the bullies behind in high school. I extend that choice to my kids - they’d rather not be cooped up in school with unimaginative bullying kids.


46 posted on 03/14/2014 11:16:29 AM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: Responsibility2nd

There are “My Little Pony” clubs across the nation at College and University campuses that are just for guys. At least two of the three state Universities where I live have the clubs. I saw their “Facebook pages” and public information.


47 posted on 03/14/2014 11:17:27 AM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m more on the kid’s side here. Sure, it’d be wiser just to avoid tempting the bullies, but it’s a bag with a cartoon pony on it. Point being, the bullies need to learn not to bully.


48 posted on 03/14/2014 11:18:55 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: Responsibility2nd
It sends a message to the weak, strange, anti-social, difficult, BRONY LOVING kids that their actions are not acceptable.

Yeah, those kids who grow up to actually do something exceptional with their lives, like Ben Carson. Those kids.

You're seriously a conservative and you think group-think is the way to go?

Pfff. My kids are out biking on a beautiful day and their public school peers are stuck inside.

Go smoke that in your "acceptable" pipe.

49 posted on 03/14/2014 11:19:05 AM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: sakic; envisio

Inane? I reviewed that post and looked for anything I could find fault with.

I. Found. Nothing.

Sure, we could soften up some of the language for the more delicate and prissy people out there. But the message of that post is spot on.

Posting it again for emphasis....

Ridiculous.

He needs to be bullied. Someone needs to take that my little pony horsecrap and burn it and give this kid an Aqua Man and a BB gun... couple Tonka trucks and some GI Joes.

If you paint your hair orange and dress up like a clown and walk down the street... do you think everyone will just ignore you?

His parents are setting this kid up for a lifetime of therapy for his ‘mental problems’.

“Be yourself” OK... be yourself. But don’t come crying when NORMAL people tell you that you are an idiot.


50 posted on 03/14/2014 11:20:26 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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