A 9-year-old North Carolina boy whose My Little Pony backpack were banned by his school because they were a "trigger for bullies" will be allowed to return with the bag, according to school district officials.
Grayson Bruce and his parents complained to the school that he was being picked on and harassed by other children for liking "girls' toys."
"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 said.
The school asked him to leave the bag at home because it was a "distraction" that enticed bullies to beat him up. The school's misguided solution caused a public outrage—a Facebook support page created in Grayson's honor attracted 70,000 members, a Change.org petition received 11,000 signatures, and his story drew the attention and support of the Brony community.