Published On: Tue, Mar 18th, 2014

9-year-old Grayson Bruce bullied over ‘My Little Pony’ lunchbox, school protects bully

A North Carolina elementary student is being bullied over his My Little Pony lunchbox and the school isn’t reacting to protect the student, but instead telling the mother he can’t bring his lunchbox to school.

“I had no idea the fire storm it would start,” Grayson Bruce ’s mother Noreen Bruce wrote on Facebook  discussing his desire to have brightly colored lunchbox. Check out the photo below.

“They’re taking it a little too far…punching me, pushing me down, calling me horrible names, stuff that really shouldn’t happen,” Grayson told WLOS-TV in Asheville, acknowledging that “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 got involved as the situation worsened, but she said school officials blamed Grayson’s open appreciation for My Little Pony rather than punishing the bullies.

A school counselor showed up and said her son “should hide his lunch box in his backpack and that when you carry things like that these things happen.”

“I was later contacted by the principal saying Grayson could no longer bring this lunchbox to school. My son is being called awful names and has even been told to ‘go home and kill himself!’ Now on top of everything he can’t bring a lunch box he really likes and I feel like is being sent the message that this is his fault.”

WLOS reported that Grayson isn’t the only North Carolina “Brony” (male My Little Pony fan) to make headlines after being bullied for liking the cartoon: In January, 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted suicide after the harassment.

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