School Condones Bullying, Blames Victim
After nine-year old Grayson Bruce was bullied for his “My Little Pony” backpack, school officials told him to leave the bag at home as it was causing a distraction. In a news report, Grayson’s mom reported that the school informed her son to leave the backpack at home because it was a “trigger for bullying.” Another report indicates Grayson was told that “when you carry things like that these things happen.”
His mother Noreen added that it was “flawed logic” that her son was punished while the bullies were not.
Grayson told a television station in Asheville, NC that the bullies punched him, pushed him down, and called him horrible names. He said he had been bullied because children told him his favorite television show is for girls, but that the bullying worsened after he brought in his new My Little Pony backpack.
In the news story, Grayson said My Little Pony “is promoting friendship. There are no bad words. There’s no violence. It’s hard to find that, even in cartoons now.”
Grayson is asking for social media support on Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag #StandWithGrayson.
Care2 also responded with a petition to support Grayson.
If a nine-year-old girl brought a “My Little Pony” backpack to school I doubt the school would tell her to leave it at home. And, what’s with a school that chooses to punish the victim of bullying rather than the bullies? That just isn’t acceptable. Isn’t it time for schools to crack down on bullying, not be part of the bullying problem? This nine-year-old boy has been hit, pushed, and called names, yet the bullies have not been punished.
Grayson deserves the right to bring his backpack to school. And, he deserves the support of his school to stand up against the bullies who hurt him. Telling the child that his backback is the trigger for his bullying is a bit like saying a short skirt is the trigger for rape. The bullies are the trigger for bullying…plain and simple. Backpacks don‘t cause bullying, bullies do. And schools that condone bullying through inaction or punishment of the victims are also bullies.
Grayson’s persistence and strength has paid off. According to the latest news report, Grayson can bring his backpack to school again. According to Jezebel.com, the Buncombe Country School District issued the following statement:
“We sincerely regret that the issue of being told to leave the bookbag at home was perceived as blaming Grayson. While that was not the intent, the perception became reality. We support Grayson bringing the bookbag to school.”
The same story indicated that Grayson’s parents issued a follow-up statement as well:
“We are considering all options for getting Grayson back in school. We are pleased the school system is working closely with us. All of the options include Grayson taking his ‘My Little Pony’ bag to school.”
They expressed that they are considering switching their son to a different elementary school.
Show that you #StandWithGrayson on Twitter and Like his Facebook page, which as of the time of writing has 70,464 likes.
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