A 9-Year-Old Boy was Banned from Wearing His My Little Pony Backpack – The Rob’s Radio Show Weighs In
Grayson, a 9-year-old boy from North Carolina, has been told by school officials to leave his book bag at home because it is causing him to be bullied. The book bag is My Little Pony, and apparently that makes him a target. Do you think that the school had every right to ask Grayson to leave his backpack at home, or is it the bullies that should have been punished?
I think that it is crazy that the school is overlooking the actual problem - the bullies. Even if this kid does leave his backpack at home, those kids are going to find something or someone else to pick on. By telling Grayson to leave his book bag at home, they are basically asking him to change himself so he doesn't get picked on and fits in better with the rest of the kids. It's hard to believe a school would promote something like this. It's the bullies that should be getting a punishment, not Grayson.
While I understand the controversy here, there's no doubt in my mind that on some level the school is handling this situation improperly. By forbidding the student to wear his backpack is accommodating the BULLIES as opposed to the BULLIED, and that is not the right thing to do. However, where a lot of people disagree with me, I've learned, is that I do not think it was wrong for the school to SUGGEST a new backpack. Alerting the parents as to WHY the boy is being picked on is not irresponsible in my opinion. Not addressing the bullies is most certainly irresponsible, though, as is banning the backpack.
I think that this is total bologna. This little boy should not be punished because of his choice of backpack because it doesn't fit someone else's gender identity role. As far as the bullies go, they should be the one's being punished. I think that this whole thing is ridiculous. Let him wear his backpack and punish the bullies. Even better, make them wear a backpack just like his.