A 9-year-old boy was banned from carrying a "My Little Pony" backpack at school. Is that reasonable, or crazy?
His elementary school in Buncombe County, NC, claimed that Grayson Bruce shouldn't carry his backpack because it would cause bullying - because the toy is popular with girls.
Grayson was already being bullied for the backpack when the school put the ban in place. His mom asked the school counselor what to do about the bullying, and did not receive the proactive advice she was hoping for.
"One of her suggestions was to hide [the backpack]," Noreen Bruce said of the counselor. "She said that if you have something like this you're asking for trouble." The principal also told Noreen that her son should keep his backpack at home.
Noreen Bruce is now homeschooling her son. She is also speaking to the media in the hope that the school will change its policy.
My Little Pony is often thought of as a girl's toy, although in recent years male fans have become a cult following.