A North Carolina mom said her 9-year-old son's school asked him to leave his "My Little Pony" bag at home after school officials said it was “a situation that had created a disruption in the classroom.”
Grayson Bruce said he was teased about his blue backpack, which depicts a character named Rainbow Dash.
“The first day I brought it to school, people smirked, you know, laughed. The usual, ‘That’s hilarious. Why would you bring that?’” he told HLN.
Grayson told HLN the next day he was teased and punched to the ground by another student. He said the alleged bully had to walk three or four laps as punishment.
When Noreen Bruce, Grayson’s mother, told school officials about the incident, she said she got a call back from an official.
“He said I could get in touch with the social worker at the school and I asked him what he thought about banning the lunch box and he said it was a trigger for bullying, which I have relayed in a previous interview, if a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying, we might as well say a short skirt is a trigger for rape," Noreen told HLN. "It's flawed logic. There’s no sense in it.”
Noreen told HLN affiliate WLOS said she still stands by her son's favorite cartoon show: "It's promoting friendship, there's no bad words, there's no violence -- it's hard to find that, even in cartoons now."
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Grayson said he recently decided he wanted to be home-schooled.
“I really can’t take much more. People would call me horrible names even when I didn’t have it,” he told HLN.
"Grayson's hurt. He feels he's not safe going to school, and he should feel safe going to school," Noreen told HLN.
HLN reached out to Buncombe County Schools but has yet to get a response. WLOS was sent the following 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."