North Carolina boy's "My Little Pony" backpack banned
A bullied elementary student in North Carolina is making national headlines.
Nine-year-old Grayson Bruce loves the animated show "My Little Pony." He's such a big fan that he asked his mom for a "My Little Pony" backpack for school.
But Grayson was bullied over it by other kids - so badly he didn't want to go to school anymore.
When his mother complained, she says the principal told her the backpack would no longer be allowed as it had become a distraction for other students. She complained that was punishing her son, not the bullies.
Noreen Bruce, Grayson's mother, says the show promotes friendship and is not violent - unlike some children's cartoons.
As for Grayson himself, he says his classmates are "taking it a little too far" with the physical and verbal bullying.
A Facebook page set up in support of Grayson has over 50,000 likes.
This note was posted on the page today:
"It has come to our attention that individuals may be approaching the school, and some of this may not be constructive, or may be construed as bullying as well. Please be aware that the family is working very hard, behind the scenes to resolve this, and DOES NOT condone any communication with the school on their behalf at this time. We are simply looking for support for Grayson and his family. PLEASE do not do anything negative to the school, teachers or administrators. Two wrongs do not make a right!"
The school issued a new response Wednesday, saying, "We look forward to meeting with the family tomorrow to further discuss and resolve this issue. We take any allegations of bullying very seriously, and we will continue to work in all situations to protect our students."