The boy whose "My Little Pony" backpack was labeled a "trigger for bullying" by school officials in North Carolina is now able to bring it back to the classroom. Grayson Bruce and his story went viral earlier this week, leading to a meeting between his mother and school officials, who decided that they would work together to keep Grayson safe from bullies and still allow him to enjoy his "My Little Pony" backpack and gear.
"We are considering all options for getting Grayson back in school," Grayson's mother, Noreen, told USA Today. "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."
The dispute arose when Grayson was being bullied for bringing the "My Little Pony" backpack to school. Officials told him he could no longer bring it, as it was only egging bullies on and was a "trigger" for bullies. The story soon gained national attention from the public and older teens and men who call themselves "Bronies" in honor of their passion for all things "My Little Pony."
Many were outraged that the victim of bullying was seemingly being punished instead of the actual bullies. They argued that Grayson should be allowed to bring his bag and that the school should take more action against the bullies and protect him.
"It's been a whirlwind," Noreen said. "We appreciate all the support from the bottom of our hearts. That outpouring of love from everyone has been unbelievable and has given us the opportunity to shine a light on the different kinds of hurts kids experience at school."
Friends created a Facebook page titled "Support for Grayson," which received numerous messages of support for the young boy, and a petition on Change.org has received over 11,000 signatures.
"We have appreciated the opportunity to meet with the Bruce family and discuss the issues," a statement from the Buncombe County Schools said. "We sincerely regret that the issue of being told to leave the book bag at home was perceived as blaming Grayson. While that was not the intent, the perception became reality. We support Grayson bringing the book bag to school."