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Grayson Bruce's interest in "My Little Pony" has caused him to be bullied at school; his classmates say his favorite toy is for girls. Grayson Bruce's interest in "My Little Pony" has caused him to be bullied at school; his classmates say his favorite toy is for girls.
Grayson even has his own following on Facebook, after a friend created a support page for him. Grayson even has his own following on Facebook, after a friend created a support page for him.
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.”

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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 page for him called “Support for Grayson.” As of 11:30 a.m. on March 19, the page had earned more than 51,000 likes. Profile pictures of a gray pony with glasses and the message “<3 for Grayson” are circulating on Facebook, along with other original illustrations showing support for the boy. The hashtag #SupportForGrayson has also become popular on social media.

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.

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“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’s story has gained national attention, and thousands are taking action to support the boy. He and his mother appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" on March 19. A change.org petition, directed at Buncombe County Schools Superintendent Tony Baldwin, says, “Allow Grayson to bring his backpack to school, and crack down on the bullying.” As of 11:45 a.m. on March 19, the petition had 6,815 signatures.

Grayson has even received support from Lauren Faust, the creator of the series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” She tweeted, “#standwithgrayson ‘nuff said.” on March 18.

Glenn Beck wrote on his website on Monday, “A 9-year-old boy can’t choose to be different? A 9-year-old boy can’t choose “My Little Pony” and be protected by the school?”

Beck told Grayson, “Just because you like little ponies means nothing. You having the courage to be who you are and stand up, no matter what society says, that is worth its weight in gold.”

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.

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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.


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