9 yr old boy wins right to bring My Little Pony book bag to school

posted at 4:01 pm on March 22, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Even in a business where we tend to dive off the deep end of silliness from time to time, this one may stretch the definition of Breaking News just a tad. Dr. James Joyner highlights a story out of North Carolina (all of you who had already guessed “Florida” lose this time) regarding an elementary school boy, Grayson Bruce by name, who was kept out of school for bringing a book bag emblazoned with the popular children’s series, My Little Pony. But after national attention was drawn to the situation, the school has relented and will allow Grayson to return, book bag and all.

Grayson Bruce’s My Little Pony backpack will return, and with it may come new initiatives to prevent bullying in local schools.

Buncombe County Schools administrators met Thursday with the mother of Grayson Bruce, the 9-year-old boy who was propelled into the national spotlight this week after saying he was prevented from carrying his “My Little Pony” backpack to school because administrators told him it “triggered bullying.”…

Buncombe County Schools administrators released a joint statement Thursday, saying they would work with Bruce to make “a safety transition plan and an allowance for Grayson to bring the bookbag to school.”

“We have appreciated the opportunity to meet with the Bruce family and discuss the issues. 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 statement said.

It turns out that the school didn’t have a ban on all things My Little Pony related, (like they do with toy guns) nor were they conducting some sort of War on Bronies. In this case, they apparently felt that a boy with such a book bag was likely to get the snot beaten out of him by other young boys and they were going to protect him by keeping him and his bag out of school. Is that a good policy? Joyner’s take:

Yes, it’s wrong to bully a little boy for wearing a backpack marketed to little girls. (My five-year-old daughter loves My Little Pony, especially Rainbow Dash.) And, yes, the ban was effectively blaming the victim. But the fact of the matter is that kids of that age can be vicious, bullying and mob behavior here was quite predictable, and it’s impossible for teachers to be everywhere at once. It was just easier to tell Grayson to leave the backpack at home, removing the immediate catalyst.

Schools do this sort of thing all the time and have forever. For decades now, schools have banned clothing with potentially inflammatory messages or even banned wearing hats and other clothing in colors locally associated with various street gangs. The fact that people ought not react viciously to other people’s free expression is outweighed, especially with children, by the probability that they will.

It’s hard to tell from the coverage precisely what the parents were thinking when they agreed to send Grayson off to class with that bag. I suppose it’s possible that they felt they were striking a blow for gender neutrality. (Unisex bathrooms in public school, anyone?) Or maybe they just weren’t paying attention and didn’t notice that their boy was setting himself up as a target. A far less likely scenario is that the parents were taking a page out of Johnny Cash’s book, based on his song, A Boy Named Sue.

Father: You’re letting him go to school with THAT book bag?

Mother: Well, you said he should learn to fight. I reckon that’ll do it.

Anyone who went to public school back in the day and dealt with the various groups of boys there knows how that story ends. A less gentle approach to the question might find that it would turn out to be a teachable moment for the kid no matter how it ended. But I suppose I agree with Joyner, at least to a point. If the parents can’t recognize an invitation to a whooping when they see one, maybe it wasn’t so out of line for the school to step in before Grayson wound up black and blue on the playground. Of course, given the litigious nature of our society, the school was going to wind up losing on this one anyway. And now that the parents have turned their son’s situation into a national news story, he’s probably toast out near the swing sets when he goes back anyway.

This wasn’t a case for new government action, changes in rules or forcing a bend in the social order. This was a situation which could have been avoided with a little common sense, but I’m afraid that ship has already sailed.


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I watched a documentary on adult fans of this show… and it made me sick.

Apparently there is a massive adult male audience for this show and they like to pleasure themselves to this show.

tcufrog on March 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

A boy named Sue.

Attornies, start your engines.

Shy Guy on March 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

When I was 9 I had a Rat Patrol lunchbox.

This country is going to hell in a hand-basket.

trigon on March 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

(all of you who had already guessed “Florida” lose this time)

*grumbles*

BigGator5 on March 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

tcufrog on March 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

TMI.

rightside on March 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

BigGator5 on March 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Er… sorry about that.

Jazz Shaw on March 22, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Forcing the kid to change backpacks would have sent a bad message to the bullies. I’m glad he won.

DisneyFan on March 22, 2014 at 4:08 PM

“at this point, what difference does it make?”

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 4:09 PM

I celebrate the “nullifying” of the imposed ban, but I wish I knew more about the young man’s attachment to that particular item, and his parents.

On the other hand, that becomes “meddling”, so I guess that part of the story is just going to have to remain a mystery.

listens2glenn on March 22, 2014 at 4:09 PM

As usual Jazz misses the whole point here. This is about the gender confusion indoctrination required to ensure that an ever growing percentage of the American people accept sexual deviation as a social norm.

oscarwilde on March 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Mine was Roy Rogers(yea I’m old) and holy crap he had a gun in his holster.

jmtham156 on March 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM

If the parents can’t recognize an invitation to a whooping when they see one, maybe it wasn’t so out of line for the school to step in before Grayson wound up black and blue on the playground.

yeah i’m pretty sure this is victim-blaming.

so the kid has a pink, sparkly backpack, and the school should ban that just because other kids are too stupid and mean to know not to make fun of someone for that? are you kidding me?

who cares if a boy has a pink mlp backpack? who really cares? why is that a problem, can someone explain?

Sachiko on March 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Sigh… so many surrounded be tree’s, but utterly unaware that they are lost in a forest…

oscarwilde on March 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

it’s impossible for teachers to be everywhere at once.

The standard excuse for being nowhere at all. I am so sick of that statement.

dogsoldier on March 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

There are some things dads know that moms just don’t get.

So where was Dad in all this?

Lolo on March 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

When I was 9 I had a Rat Patrol lunchbox.

This country is going to hell in a hand-basket.

trigon on March 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

I actually remember that lunchbox! I wanted one badly. (Mine sucked)

V7_Sport on March 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

If the parents can’t recognize an invitation to a whooping when they see one, maybe it wasn’t so out of line for the school to step in before Grayson wound up black and blue on the playground.

Banning is the problem. Simply telling the kid and the parents about the schools concerns about bullying would have been fine, but then leave it up to them to decide.

sharrukin on March 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I watched a documentary on adult fans of this show… and it made me sick.

( Redacted ) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

tcufrog on March 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

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WHOOOOAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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. . . . . “too much information.”

listens2glenn on March 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM

who cares if a boy has a pink mlp backpack? who really cares? why is that a problem, can someone explain?

Sachiko on March 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Because children are uncivilized savages who attack outsiders?

sharrukin on March 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM

9 yr old boy wins right to bring My Little Pony book bag to school

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, and can also win new ones if they complain a lot.

Flange on March 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Does this mean that O’ can now wear his mom jeans to the Pentagon?

vnvet on March 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Don’t you mean “My Little Brony” book bag?

RoadRunner on March 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Bronies in training!

Laura Castellano on March 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Boxing instruction… at the least, a few lessons in a dojo. Learn how to take a stance and yell “Kiyah!!!!!” Never back down and invite the biggest one to take a shot, remarking “When you go down, the others will be easy…”
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Buck up, Bucko!!!!!!

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

yeah i’m pretty sure this is victim-blaming.

Sachiko on March 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I’m pretty sure this is about deconstructing gender identification, the greater acceptance of homosexuality in society depends on there being no significant gender identification in the majority of the population. Sexual intercourse has to just be sex, not gender related or defined.

oscarwilde on March 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

There was some kid in Ventura that they allowed to wear makeup and girls clothes to high school and he ended up getting shot. I felt sorry for the shooter because that is an age where kids feel uncomfortable with their sexuality and the kid shot was going around telling tales that he had sex with the kid. I blame the adults and the kids.

Blake on March 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

When I was 9 I had a Rat Patrol lunchbox.

trigon on March 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

I had a brown paper bag.

oldleprechaun on March 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM

I remember when it was cool for teens skateboarding to be sucking on pacifiers. It that still a thing? Of course it was code they did drugs and the pacifier prevented drooling or something.

Marcus on March 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM

The worst part of this story is the parents are sending their kid to public school.

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Because children are uncivilized savages who attack outsiders?

sharrukin on March 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Been awhile since you been around kids, eh?

oscarwilde on March 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

The case for uniformity in schools is bolstered.

22044 on March 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

I tried to get my teenage daughter to wear a boy’s American Eagles T-Shirt. The reason? The boys shirts looked like regular T-Shirts, the girls were skin tight, form fitting and so short a girls bare middle would show. (translation from a mom…me…slutty)
She refused.
I said, “The boy’s shirts are just regular t-shirts. why can’t you wear that?”
She said, “Everyone knows AE T-shirts for girls are the short tight ones.”

We settled on NO AE T-Shirt.

Exit Question: Why isn’t this little boy ‘losing’ his backpack behind the first trash can. Poor kid.

MAC1000 on March 22, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Not that it matters much

Buncombe County = Asheville.
Asheville = hippy dippy, artsy fartsy, “Progressive”, downtown hazy with pot smoke kinda place.

Used to be such a wonderful old South city with beautiful architecture, shopping & great restaurants. Last time we went, we had no desire to go back anytime soon.

Jomama on March 22, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Been awhile since you been around kids, eh?

oscarwilde on March 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Nope.

Are they inclusive and given to group hugs in your neck of the woods?

sharrukin on March 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Mine was Roy Rogers(yea I’m old) and holy crap he had a gun in his holster.

jmtham156 on March 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM

…well…now I’m expelling you!…you’ll have to go back to school now …and redo those years.

KOOLAID2 on March 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

can someone explain?

Sachiko on March 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

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Do you have the password to the “boys only” clubhouse?

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

This isn’t a big deal people.

You should be more concerned with his 28 year old father’s lawsuit against the guys at work that made him feel bad for his MLP bookbag, sweater, hat, and desktop statues of Butterflyturd and Lollypopballs.

Gingotts on March 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

If one child hits another child, the first child should be punished. The second child should not be, and if the second child hits back to protect himself, (s)he still shouldn’t be punished.

The kid should be allowed to bring any backpack to school that he wants. This is similar to the American flag wearing white kids who wore flag shirts to school on May 5 in Arizona. They should be able to wear it, and if someone causes trouble because of it, the instigators should be punished.

People who hit others should be punished. People who sneer and laugh at others should not be punished. People who are hit or are sneered or laughed at should not be punished.

Why is this so fricken hard for administrators to figure out?

My sister got hit by another girl in school. My sister beat the snot out of her. They both got in trouble. That was wrong. The other girl started it. My sister just finished it and went back to class. She should have been congratulated and sent back to class, especially after it was shown that the other girl was bullying her on facebook and had invited my sister to meet her at an empty lot so they could fight there and my sister declined.

cptacek on March 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Not that it matters much

Buncombe County = Asheville.
Asheville = hippy dippy, artsy fartsy, “Progressive”, downtown hazy with pot smoke kinda place.

Used to be such a wonderful old South city with beautiful architecture, shopping & great restaurants. Last time we went, we had no desire to go back anytime soon.

Jomama on March 22, 2014 at 4:19 PM

lol, yeah Ashville is the Boulder, CO of The Appalachians. Neat town with some great restaurants, but full of patchouli wearing scabies vectors.

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

who cares if a boy has a pink mlp backpack? who really cares? why is that a problem, can someone explain?

Sachiko on March 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Kids are mean and this seems to be driven by his mother.
A pink my little pony and the first name of Grayson is going to ensure that he is going to go into high school with plenty of methods for dealing with bullies. He may wind up being an ultimate cage fighter… or a guidance councilor. Either way, the school was wrong pandering to the lowest common denominator, but that’s what they do.

V7_Sport on March 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

the pacifier prevented drooling or something.

Marcus on March 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Grinding their teeth… Ecstasy is a combination of mescaline and amphetamine a common side effect is teeth grinding which lead to sore jaw muscles. Hence the pacifiers.

oscarwilde on March 22, 2014 at 4:24 PM

lol, yeah Ashville is the Boulder, CO of The Appalachians Blue Ridge Mountains. Neat town with some great restaurants, but full of patchouli wearing scabies vectors.

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Wrong mtn range.

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

So the “heckler’s veto” can keep the American flag out of a school, but not a My Little Pony book bag. Good to see we have our priorities straight.

Mark1971 on March 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Nope.

Are they inclusive and given to group hugs in your neck of the woods?

sharrukin on March 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Not even remotely, more like into cliche’s and prone to ridicule and abuse each other without supervision. Lord of the Flies really wasn’t that far off.

oscarwilde on March 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Wrong mtn range.

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

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Try The Great Smokey Mountains. You’d be more correct.

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Lord of the Flies really wasn’t that far off.

oscarwilde on March 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

+1

sharrukin on March 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Try The Great Smokey Mountains. You’d be more correct.

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

To be fair they all do run into each other there. 【ツ】

Although the term “Blue Ridge” is sometimes applied exclusively to the eastern edge or front range of the Appalachian Mountains, the geological definition of the Blue Ridge province extends westward to the Ridge and Valley area, encompassing the Great Smoky Mountains, the Great Balsams, the Roans, the Brushy Mountains (a “spur” of the Blue Ridge) and other mountain ranges.

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Or maybe they just weren’t paying attention and didn’t notice that there THEIR boy was setting himself up as a target.

Just thought I’d jazz it up for you….Jazz.

timberline on March 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Lord of the Flies really wasn’t that far off.

oscarwilde on March 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

+1

sharrukin on March 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

I agree too.

22044 on March 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM

【ツ】

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

.
That’s pretty neat! Does it have code or did you create it?

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Jazz, thank you for the “boy named sue” reference. If you watched his interview, you know what will happen if it comes down to “get tough or die” for this kid.

The school was right. Don’t throw an idealist to the wolves and assume his kind demeanor and friendly nature will soothe the savage beast. His parents are the real fools here. They are so open-minded that their brains fell out.

If you want to send your boy to school with a “my little pony” bag, at least make sure he knows what is going to happen and why it is going to happen.

Mord on March 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM

lol, yeah Ashville is the Boulder, CO of The Appalachians. Neat town with some great restaurants, but full of patchouli wearing scabies vectors.

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

I dunno, we used to live in CO and the last time we went Boulder it wasn’t that bad. Typical college town.

Asheville has changed so much. We were downtown at great restaurant, it was a beautiful evening and we decided to walk around after dinner. There happened to be an “arts” festival going on. I had no idea rolling doobie is an art form. Apparently panhandling and not taking showers are too.

Jomama on March 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM

That’s pretty neat! Does it have code or did you create it?

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM

It is 3 separate elements. I just c/p it from another tab that has all the special characters on it. ツ ☜ without the brackets.

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM

I would have divorced my ex years ago if he had okayed our son taking a “My Little Pony” back pack to school.

Jeeze.

ladyingray on March 22, 2014 at 4:39 PM

For the record, the only lunch box I had in school was a Packard one. (My dad serviced Packard cars.) Kind of wish I still had it today. Would probably be a collector’s item.

Jazz Shaw on March 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM

I want to know what the school’s proposed “safety transition plan” was going to be.

DrStock on March 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM

When I was 9 I had a Rat Patrol lunchbox.

trigon on March 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

I had a brown paper bag.

oldleprechaun on March 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM

You know, it’s funny. I used to brown bag it a lot, too. That lunch box was the only one I can recall having. I think, about that time, my mom went back to work full time. We only lived a few blocks from the school. Far too close to have bus service. That meant I had to walk to school, probably even when it rained. I think I must have had it because the box was more practical with the weather than a paper bag was.

Used to get the cafeteria lunch sometimes, too. Now, that was gruesome.

trigon on March 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM

For the record, the only lunch box I had in school was a Packard one. (My dad serviced Packard cars.) Kind of wish I still had it today. Would probably be a collector’s item.

Jazz Shaw on March 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM

I’m sure a whole lot of people here will understand when I say:

I remember lunch boxes. The rich kids had them.

Lolo on March 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Try The Great Smokey Mountains. You’d be more correct.

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Try the Great Smoky Mountains. You’d be even more correct.

ladyingray on March 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

If the parents can’t recognize an invitation to a whooping when they see one, maybe it wasn’t so out of line for the school to step in before Grayson wound up black and blue on the playground.

“Maybe” it wasn’t “so out of line” for the school to step in? Really? :massive facepalm:

As a conservative, traditional, Christian dad, I know better than to expect the public schools to follow MY standards, WHICH IS WHY MY WIFE AND I HOMESCHOOL OUR KIDS! When you send your kid off to the public school system, you give up a great deal of control over what is and is not acceptable behavior for your child (AND STOP COMPLAINING AND SEND THEM ELSEWHERE IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, LIKE I DO, sacrificing one parent’s entire salary to do just that), including quite broadly in the areas of clothing (you can’t dress like a whore or gang member; deal with it!), speech (you can’t cuss out your peers or adults; deal with it!), movement (you can’t be here/there/anywhere you want during the school day, you have to be there/here/somewhere else now, for class/assembly/lunch/bus ride home; deal with it!), physicality (you can’t punch/push/hug/kiss here; deal with it!), curriculum (we’re not teaching this/that/the other thing here, so you’ll have to study that at home/church/synagogue/mosque; deal with it!), etc., etc.

This kid is not a ‘victim’ of the public school because they asked him to leave a bag at home. The school has to work with the ‘cards’ (students) which are in their ‘hand’ (at their school). That includes many, many, many, MANY kids whose parent(s) do not give a flying rip about their child’s behavior, dress, academic progress, or the like and simply see the public system as a laundromat to clean and press their incorrigible child and correct for the lousy parenting their provide outside of school while providing a taxpayer subsidized babysitting service (and God forbid you close school for inclement weather. After all, THOSE PARENTS DON’T WANT TO BE WITH THEIR KIDS during the day!). If schools are going to be able to teach at all, these kinds of silly distractions (and it is indeed a FRIGGING BOOK BAG after all) need to be kept to a minimum, so the focus can hopefully be on education, not stamping out behavioral fires right and left.

The parents are ultimately to blame, because their kid wouldn’t be a “My Little Pony” addict if they weren’t letting TV and/or the Internet addict him to cartoon marketing. And if you don’t like your local school’s ‘zero tolerance’ policies, you’re to blame (as a member of the public), because it’s people like you (and others) who sue the schools over the consequences incurred by your kids, forcing schools to use NO JUDGMENT AT ALL so as to avoid the appearance of bias or partiality in their enforcement and thereby to escape onerous financial damage through idiotic lawsuits.

You get what you deserve, America. Enjoy it.

xNavigator on March 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

I’m sorry, but the kid is a degenerate. He’ll grow up to be one of those men that cry….

OliverB on March 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

So then you must completely agree with that other school that banned American flag clothing because it could “incite violence” too, right? Victims shouldn’t be punished, end of story. Is it a bad idea for a boy to show up with a My Little Pony backpack? Yep. Definitely. But if he gets harassed then it’s the schools job to deal with the harassers, not punish the kid because it’s easier. All that does is teach the kid that bullies get their way and no one will stand up for him. Not a message people should be reinforcing.

Cyhort on March 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Try the Great Smoky Mountains. You’d be even more correct.

ladyingray on March 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

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Yes, Sister Mary Margaret Joseph… thank you.

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

yeah i’m pretty sure this is victim-blaming.

Sachiko on March 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I’m pretty sure this is about deconstructing gender identification, the greater acceptance of homosexuality in society depends on there being no significant gender identification in the majority of the population. Sexual intercourse has to just be sex, not gender related or defined.

oscarwilde on March 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

It is blaming human nature. Kids that age do not have the “nuance” that allows for non-conformity of this magnitude and politically opportune sophistication.

Either this kid is WAY more mature than his years or he has been so thoroughly coached that he is essentially brain-washed. I suspect the latter.

Mord on March 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Why does this kid’s name need to be printed everywhere?

Let him go to school in peace!!

He doesn’t need his name on articles like this remaining on the internet for all time.

I don’t like this at all. I blame both the parents for not insisting on anonymity in reporting and also bloggers like Jazz for needlessly identifying the child.

bluegill on March 22, 2014 at 4:51 PM

That includes many, many, many, MANY kids whose parent(s) do not give a flying rip about their child’s behavior, dress, academic progress, or the like and simply see the public system as a laundromat to clean and press their incorrigible child and correct for the lousy parenting their provide outside of school while providing a taxpayer subsidized babysitting service (and God forbid you close school for inclement weather.

xNavigator on March 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Perhaps you should homeschool and stop using the “second” wage to pay for private school…your children may learn proper grammar…not to mention, correct punctuation…

ladyingray on March 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

timberline on March 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Good catch, Timberline. Fixed.

Jazz Shaw on March 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

I’m sorry, but the kid is a degenerate. He’ll grow up to be one of those men that cry….
OliverB on March 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

You are the sick degenerate for attacking a nine-year-old!

bluegill on March 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

So, when the kids wearing US flags are told not to because it might incite violence, that’s a problem. But when a boy is told he can’t bring a MLP backpack to school because it might incite violence, that’s ok?

I don’t see how we can have it both ways.

Snaqwels on March 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Either this kid is WAY more mature than his years or he has been so thoroughly coached that he is essentially brain-washed. I suspect the latter.

Mord on March 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Bronydom is huge on the Internet. I’d be astonished if the lad didn’t become a fan of the show on his own and persuaded his parents to buy him the bag.

There’s a documentary on Netflix about bronies, if you’re interested. One of them’s a boy Grayson’s age whose dad is decidedly NOT on board with it.

Inkblots on March 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Grayson Bruce?

Sorry, the parents must be comic book fans.
Why not Batman or Robin. Wayne Dick?

mechkiller_k on March 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

He doesn’t need his name on articles like this remaining on the internet for all time.

I don’t like this at all. I blame both the parents for not insisting on anonymity in reporting and also bloggers like Jazz for needlessly identifying the child.

bluegill on March 22, 2014 at 4:51 PM

His parents are the ones pushing his name out there. This is activism on their part and they are using the kid to push their agenda.

sharrukin on March 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

I don’t like this at all. I blame both the parents for not insisting on anonymity in reporting and also bloggers like Jazz for needlessly identifying the child.

bluegill on March 22, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Are you kidding me?!?!!?

This is what they wanted!!!

ladyingray on March 22, 2014 at 4:55 PM

You are the sick degenerate for attacking a nine-year-old!

bluegill on March 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

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Stupid… it was sarcasm aimed at Boehner. You are dull-witted.

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2014 at 4:55 PM

You are the sick degenerate for attacking a nine-year-old!

bluegill on March 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Indeed. What the heck’s wrong with you, OliverB?

Inkblots on March 22, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Remember brown paper bags? Kids would probably be suspended for those these days. Killing owls and all…

reaganaut on March 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

After all, THOSE PARENTS DON’T WANT TO BE WITH THEIR KIDS during the day!

? Sad that you think this way.

cptacek on March 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I watched a documentary on adult fans of this show… and it made me sick.

Apparently there is a massive adult male audience for this show and they like to pleasure themselves to this show.

tcufrog on March 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Moochelle walks in: Not again!
Barry looks up in surprise: I can’t help it, the stars, the pink ponies [shuddering] the rainbows of glitter!

Fenris on March 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

(all of you who had already guessed “Florida” lose this time)

C’mon, man…this one had “Californ-i-a” written all over it…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM

So then you must completely agree with that other school that banned American flag clothing because it could “incite violence” too, right? Victims shouldn’t be punished, end of story. Is it a bad idea for a boy to show up with a My Little Pony backpack? Yep. Definitely. But if he gets harassed then it’s the schools job to deal with the harassers, not punish the kid because it’s easier. All that does is teach the kid that bullies get their way and no one will stand up for him. Not a message people should be reinforcing.

Cyhort on March 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I would like to point out that the highlighted portion of your post tears apart your whole point because it is not a “bad idea” to wear an American flag to school. These are two completely different scenarios.

Is it a bad idea to act flamboyantly gay in middle school? Yes. If you don’t want to get beat down the second no adults are around. Would you defend him wanting to wear a dress and using the girl’s bathroom as well? (do not complain about going “over the top”, as this is happening as we speak) Or would you lash at out the “bullies” who shamed him for being “different”?

This is about adults pushing an agenda and this kid has no idea what is going on around him.

Mord on March 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

1) We’re ragging on a 9 year-old kid for being a fan of “My Little Pony”? I’m a fan of “Phineas and Ferb”. Have a PaF ringtone on my phone. Have four PaF figures on my desk. Have a t-shirt. Want to make fun of me for it? Have a ball. Doesn’t fash me a bit. I’m not a tool.

2) We’re bagging on his parents for letting him take a bookbag with something he really digs to school? Because…it’s a *great* thing to teach a kid he needs to hide the things he loves if he has even the faintest inclination that someone out there won’t like it, yes? That’s the thing we want parents to teach their kids?

3) We’re *not* jumping ugly on the school for openly admitting they can’t control the bulk of their students? Sure, every school is going to have its bullies, but the tenor of the news coverage tells me the school is afraid this one kid is going to get dogpiled for loving a cartoon. If you have that little control over the kids in your school, you are incompetent. Let’s see what we can do about getting the school administration right before we rag on a little kid.

Jimmie Bise, Jr on March 22, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Either this kid is WAY more mature than his years or he has been so thoroughly coached that he is essentially brain-washed. I suspect the latter.

Mord on March 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Or he’s just 9 years old, kind of naive and not very social, and thought the ponies were cute. Not everything is about gender identity politics, especially at that age. We used to say: it’s just a phase, he’ll grow out of it. Of course, the parents are idiots.

Fenris on March 22, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Inkblots on March 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Yeah, I noticed it but never bothered to watch. I have no doubt his parents were Inspired! by it.

Mord on March 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

His parents are the ones pushing his name out there. This is activism on their part and they are using the kid to push their agenda.
sharrukin on March 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

I see. I haven’t read all of the details, but I am infuriated thinking that a kid could be harassed because of his choice of lunchbox. I think it is outrageous. He should be able to bring whatever he wants for a lunch box. Now, if the parents are using this to push their little political or social agendas, then shame on them. I don’t like fighting political battles using kids.

. If the parents can’t recognize an invitation to a whooping when they see one, maybe it wasn’t so out of line for the school to step in before Grayson wound up black and blue on the playground.

-Jazz Shaw

How is that bag an invitation for a whopping? I don’t think you give children that age enough credit.

bluegill on March 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Have him put his gun in his lunchbox. Problem solved.

ncjetsfan on March 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

You’re welcome.

ncjetsfan on March 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Oh for God’s sake! Put all the little snowflakes in uniforms, make clear backpacks mandatory for all, and let them figure out a way to show their originality that doesn’t make a mini-Broni into a national news story. We manage to solve that Europe about to go up in flames thing? Fixed the economy? Found the missing 777?

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

How is that bag an invitation for a whopping? I don’t think you give children that age enough credit.

bluegill on March 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

I’m guessing elementary school or Jr. High was long enough ago for you that you don’t remember it.

Fenris on March 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

I like Hello Kitty.

arnold ziffel on March 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Buncombe County North Carolina with its volatile mix of hippies, lesbians, and fundamentalist Christians, has long been a hot bed of cultural warfare. I come from the county just west of it. My favorite was when the Jewish mayor who looked like a witch declared the week of Halloween “Earth religions week”. The Christian started demanding a Jesus week. And the ACLU refused to get involved–which is either hypocritical or they were afraid that they would be inappropriately laughing during any legal proceedings.

thuja on March 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

2) We’re bagging on his parents for letting him take a bookbag with something he really digs to school? Because…it’s a *great* thing to teach a kid he needs to hide the things he loves if he has even the faintest inclination that someone out there won’t like it, yes? That’s the thing we want parents to teach their kids?

We also recommend not walking down darkened alleys, not going into the worst part of town waving cash around, not betting on Obama to do the right thing, and not spitting into the wind.

3) We’re *not* jumping ugly on the school for openly admitting they can’t control the bulk of their students?

Jimmie Bise, Jr on March 22, 2014 at 5:04 PM

There is a limit to how much control any group has and that control doesn’t mean he isn’t going to get beaten up…just that the bully will be punished for doing so. He still gets beaten up.

sharrukin on March 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

I’m guessing elementary school or Jr. High was long enough ago for you that you don’t remember it.

Fenris on March 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

She ought to remember as she frequently gets a spankin right here on good ol HA.

arnold ziffel on March 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

This brings back to when (50′S) school started and men were coming to work with lunch boxes with Bambi, Snow White and other cartoon characters when they arrived at work one would say to the other, “Your kid got a new lunch box huh?” Yup was usually the answer. Beautiful to be a Dad.

mixplix on March 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

I disagree with Shaw on this one.

If the kid wants to bring a pony book bag to school, he should be able to do so without getting the soup beat out of him daily, or without non stop verbal abuse.

The parents of the other kids should be taught to stop harassing someone who likes something they don’t.

BTW, don’t read liberalism crap into everything. Conservatives at this blog do this constantly, and it drives me nuts (I am a conservative myself).

Just because the boy enjoys something primarily aimed at girls does not mean his parents are left wingers who are indoctrinating him to be “gender neutral.”

When I was a girl, I was a tom boy and enjoyed Bat Man and other things considered boyish (I am feminine and hetero). I was never beat up for liking “boyish” things as a kid. I liked what I liked. I thought Bat Man was cool, so I liked Bat Man.

This kid just happens to like a pony cartoon because he finds it funny or interesting or whatever. He should not have to give up his pony book bag, his hobbies, or hide them while at school, because a bunch of Neanderthals attend his school.

I do hope his parents teach him to stand up to bullies.

TigerPaw on March 22, 2014 at 5:17 PM

I am infuriated thinking that a kid could be harassed because of his choice of lunchbox. I think it is outrageous. He should be able to bring whatever he wants for a lunch box.

bluegill on March 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

“Life is hard; its harder when you’re stupid.” – John Wayne

What we want the world to be, and what it is are two very different things. Kids are not nice and they will pick on any outsider.

sharrukin on March 22, 2014 at 5:17 PM

I see. I haven’t read all of the details, …

How is that bag an invitation for a whopping? I don’t think you give children that age enough credit.

bluegill on March 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

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The problem, stated succinctly, without embellishment or details … I hope to heaven fishy is not a bureaucrat.

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2014 at 5:19 PM

We support Grayson bringing the bookbag to school.” the statement said.

So if Grayson wants to go to school in ballgown with a tiara would they be supportive of that too? With, of course, the appropriate a safety transition plan (whatever the hell that is).

But can you imagine the furor from these people if young Grayson decided to show up with a backpack emblazoned with the American flag or pro-Second Amendment sentiment? I’m guessing that would result in immediate expulsion and call to child services on bad parents.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Apparently there is a massive adult male audience for this show and they like to pleasure themselves to this show.

tcufrog on March 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Don’t judge me!

lorien1973 on March 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

She ought to remember as she frequently gets a spankin right here on good ol HA.

arnold ziffel on March 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

In fairness, I (and I think most) tend to respond only when disagreeing. I actually agree with bluegill about partly blaming the parents for not staying anonymous. I shudder to think at some of the stupid things I did as a elementary school kid being made national news.

Fenris on March 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

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