For most kids back to school shopping is easy and simple. You walk into a store, pick out something that fits your liking, and you walk out.
For most kids back to school shopping is easy and simple. You walk into a store, pick out something that fits your liking, and you walk out. But for 9 year old Grayson Bruce when he walked into his school with his school supplies, things got complicated. Grayson is what people call a “brony” which means he is a male fan of the show ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.’ Grayson bought a blue backpack with the image of a pony on the show. Grayson was already being bullied at school but bringing in the backpack made the bullying even worse. Kids would push him down and call him mean names. Grayson’s mom complained to the schools principal about Grayson being bullied and the principal's response to the bullying was that the backpack was a “trigger for the bullying” and he asked Grayson to leave it at home because it was a “disturbance in class.” Grayson’s mom ended up creating a facebook page called ‘Support for Grayson’ where Grayson’s story became more well known, around the US, and worldwide.
Including Grayson’s bullying incident more issues have been brought to attention towards boys being bullied for liking My Little Pony. 11 year old Michael Morones attempted suicide due to the constant bullying he got for his love for the show My Little Pony and for having his favorite character be Pinkiepie.
Ever since his facebook page got more views and likes Grayson has been interviewed countless times and was also a guest at this years Denver Comic Con (held between June13-15.) He was also a part of a panel at Comic Con “Speak Up:Stop Bullying” with Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time) and Max Charles (Mr.Peabody and Sherman, The Neighbors.) Grayson has also done a lot of work inside his community including making a parade to stop bullying at his school. If you look at his facebook page (facebook.com/supportforgrayson) you can see the countless positive messages he is recieving from fellow fans of My Little Pony as well as others around the world. He plans on also addressing the serious issue of cyber bullying in the future.
According to CDC (Center for Disease Control) in 2013 statistics show that over 13,000 kids were bullied on school property. Another statistic shows that over 13,500 kids did not go to school because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school.
If you are getting bullied you should use Grayson as a role model to talk about being bullied with someone that you trust and can talk to in confidence. Grayson's bullying incident should be used as an inspiration if you are being victimized. Do not lose hope because it can be stopped, take a stand like Grayson did and speak up. No one should be bullied just because they like something others do not like.