North Carolina youth Grayson Bruce, 9, is no longer allowed to wear his My Little Pony backpack to school because of bullying concerns, according to reports.
Yes. Grayson has been punched, pushed and ridiculed, presumably within earshot and sight of teachers, and the school's response was to ... punish Grayson.
The school district told Grayson and his mom, Noreen, that he needed to leave the bag at home because the item had become a "trigger for bullying."
Buncombe County school administrators said in a statement that "an initial step was taken to immediately address a situation that had created a disruption."
The district went on to reiterate that it "takes bullying very seriously" and that this was just the first move, as "we will continue to take steps to resolve this issue."
You buying that? Or the idea that it's a "trigger" in general?
Mom Noreen's response makes an interesting comparison: "Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying, is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape."
"It's flawed logic, it doesn't make any sense."