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Classmates of 9-year-old Grayson Bruce are giving him such a hard time for wearing a My Little Pony backpack complete with fuzzy ears and pink colors, his school is telling him he has to part ways with the struggle, calling it the catalyst for the attacks.

Noreen Bruce, Grayson’s mother, is unhappy that the school targeted her son as the problem and not the bullies who are doing the teasing. They both say he was pushed and punched to add to the “sticks and stones” effect of their name-calling.

Via Huffington Post:

Noreen Bruce said officials at Buncombe County Schools recently told her son, Grayson, that he was not allowed to wear his My Little Pony backpack because it was a “trigger for bullying,” according to local outlet WLOS-TV. Grayson had been facing verbal and physical attacks from tormentors who called the backpack “girly.”

Grayson would like to keep wearing the backpack, but district officials told WLOS-TV they made a decision to “immediately address a situation that had created a disruption in the classroom.”

A petition in support of the child has several hundred signatures, and a Facebook page titled “Support For Grayson” had nearly 10,000 likes as of Friday afternoon. The page also contains supportive video messages, including one from a member of the United States Navy who identifies himself as Petty Officer Dorr.

Obviously the horsie elephant in the room is why would a 9-year-old want to hold on to a traditionally feminine item that would open him up to ridicule but then again, the freedom to be who you are doesn’t begin with adulthood. Not even the bullies would want to see a worst-case-scenario suicide come as result of this.

Check out the pictures of the bookbag in gallery and decide for yourself who should be ultimately punished for the issue.

Photo: WSBS-TV

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