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School Reverses Decision, Will Allow ‘My Little Pony’ Bag

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CANDLER, N.C. - The fight is over for a 9-year-old boy who just wanted to bring his “My Little Pony” backpack to school.

Administrators sat down Thursday with the mother of Grayson Bruce, a student at Candler Elementary, and came to an agreement that includes new anti-bullying initiatives.

Grayson was thrust into the national spotlight this week after telling media outlets that he wasn’t allowed to bring his “My Little Pony” pack to class because it “triggered bullying.”

According to spokesman Jason Rhodes for Buncombe County Schools, the district regrets that the issue of Grayson being told to leave his bookbag at home was perceived as blaming Grayson.

The district supports Grayson bringing his bag to school, Rhodes said.

“We discussed a number of options to consider in moving forward for Grayson. All of the options discussed included a safety transition plan and an allowance for Grayson to bring the bookbag to school. Every situation with young children is a teachable moment and we will use this example in our efforts to address a wider issue of bullying.”

7 On Your Side reached out to Grayson’s mother for comment. She sent us this statement:

“Today I met with Dr. Tony Baldwin, Superintendent of the Buncombe County Schools and David Thompson, Director of Student Services. We had a real heart-to-heart talk. I strongly feel we can work together to make things better for Grayson and all the students in our school system.”

The Bruce family plans to work with the school to improve it anti-bullying policies. Grayson’s mother will also organize a Parent Advisory Council on Bullying.

“We will partner with them to make sure that every child feels safe and comfortable at school,” says Noreen Bruce.

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Emily Pace
Emily is a general assignment reporter covering Buncombe, Polk, Rutherford and Henderson Counties.
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