The 9-year-old was told his “Rainbow Dash” bag is a “trigger for bullying.”
Grayson Bruce’s mother, Noreen Bruce, doesn’t think her son should be punished for his interest in the vintage cartoon and wants his bullies to face consequences.
“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape,” she said. “It’s flawed logic; it doesn’t make any sense.”
“They’re taking it a little too far, with punching me, pushing me down, calling me horrible names, stuff that really shouldn’t happen,” Grayson told WLOS. “Most of the characters in the show are girls, and most of the people put it toward girls, most of the toys are girlie.”
Noreen wants her to son to keep watching the show.
“It’s promoting friendship, there [are] no bad words, there’s no violence; it’s hard to find that, even in cartoons now,” she said.
Buncombe County Schools released a statement, saying, “An initial step was taken to immediately address a situation that had created a disruption in the classroom. Buncombe County Schools takes bullying very seriously, and we will continue to take steps to resolve this issue.”