Seriousness aside, our favorite part of this YouTube video is when the straight-laced newscaster gives viewers an overview understanding of My Little Pony and leads into the story.
“It’s a decades old kids show where pony characters emphasize the bonds of friendship. It’s become anything but friendship for 9-year-old Grayson Bruce.”
Channelling Ron Burgundy aside, the story is all sorts of ughh.
Grayson’s into My Little Pony, and his MLP backpack is getting him bullied at school. Understandable enough, given the ruthless demeanor children can take towards one another when something is in any way out of the norm.
But it’s his Buncombe County, North Carolina school’s response that leaves us with a bitter taste in our mouth. Their solution to the bullying problem?
Telling Grayson he can’t bring the backpack to school anymore, citing it as a “distraction.”
We know kids can be cruel, and if Grayson wanted to voluntarily trade in his awesome ponified backpack for a Jansport that looks like the rest of the herd, we’d entirely understand.
But a school should help kids learn how to think, and to do that they need to challenge their young’ns with things outside their comfort zones. A boy with a MLP backpack seems like a perfectly harmless opportunity to teach a lesson in diversity.
Or, you know, in homophobia. It’s not hard to guess which taunts are being slung Grason’s way.
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