Buncombe County School district in North Carolina has apparently had a change of heart when it comes to a 9-year-old and his My Little Pony backpack. Last week, Grayson Bruce was told by the school that his backpack triggered bullying and told him not to bring it to school any more. Grayson’s mother was not only disappointed with the decision, but said the school was enabling bullying.
”Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying, is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape. It’s flawed logic, it doesn’t make any sense,” Noreen told a news station.
On Thursday, school officials met with Grayson’s parents and posted an apology on the school district’s Facebook.
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.
Grayson has not attended school since March 10, and his motherr is looking into options that not only include him returning to the school, but also transferring to a different school district.
“He’s interested in making a fresh start and making new friends,” she said.