An update on my last post about the boy in Buncombe County, NC who was told not to bring his My Little Pony lunch bag to school because it was a “trigger for bullying:”
The Huffington Post reports that the school district now says, “We support Grayson bringing the bookbag to school.” Yes, after more than 70,000 likes on the Support Grayson Facebook page, it’s perhaps not surprising that the school district is backpedaling so fast it’s about to take flight like a winged pony itself.
But, as the motto at Grayson’s school, Candler Elementary, states, it’s a good world “where everyone learns.” And maybe the school can learn to grow into the “school promise” plugged on its website that the school is a family that respects and cares about each other even when no one is watching.
Because that’s a pretty beautiful goal. In fact, it sounds like something from a My Little Pony episode . . . .
Here’s another recent article about all this you might like: My Son Loves My Little Pony: At 7 He Already Knows That’s Not OK. The author’s son hesitated to wear his Rainbow Dash sweatshirt to school because “it will make the other kids uncomfortable.” I love that he knows any “problem” isn’t situated within him, and I feel sad at how early he knows that it’s our job to keep society comfortable. Author Sean Williams also points out that the six tenets of My Little Pony – kindness, generosity, honesty, laughter, loyalty, and magic – are both hard to object to and also not traits pushed as masculine (with the exception, I might argue, of loyalty).