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‘My Little Pony’ Lunch Bag Banned After Boy Is Bullied

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

A 9-year-old North Carolina boy who carried a “My Little Pony” lunch bag to school and was bullied has been prohibited from bringing the lunchbox back to school, calling it a “trigger for bullying.”  The move has enraged the boy’s mother and other parents who feel the school is being too permissive to the bullying and punishing the boy for his personal style preferences.

WLOS.com reports on the case:

Grayson Bruce, the My Little Pony fan, said, “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 picked a Rainbow Dash bag out this year, which he says has intensified the attacks against him. Grayson, “most of the characters in the show are girls, and most of the people put it toward girls, most of the toys are girlie, and surprisingly I found stuff like this.” Grayson has developed a following on Facebook after a friend made a support page for him.
Grayson stands by his favorite cartoon and the message he says it sends.
His mother says, why not?
Noreen Bruce, Grayson’s mom, “it’s promoting friendship, there’s no bad words, there’s no violence, it’s hard to find that, even in cartoons now.” But Noreen says Thursday the school asked him to leave the bag at home because it had become a distraction and was a “trigger for bullying.”
Noreen continued, “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.” Noreen wants punishment for the students involved.
Buncombe County Schools declined an interview, but sent us this statement, “an initial step was taken to immediately address a situation that had created a disruption in the classroom. Buncombe County Schools takes bullying very seriously, and we will continue to take steps to resolve this issue.”

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Toy Company Hasbro Named a ‘Most Ethical Company’

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Hasbro, the company that makes such popular toys as G.I. Joe, Monopoly, Transformers, and My Little Pony, has been named one of the 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies (WME) by The Ethisphere Institute, the company announced Monday.  Hasbro joins Intel, GE, eBay, Starbucks, and Time Warner on the 145-companuy list, and it is the only toy or play company to be named.

“A strong ethical foundation is a competitive advantage, and Hasbro recognizes the important role corporate responsibility can play in improving its bottom line,” said Alex Brigham, executive director of the Ethisphere Institute, in a statement. “As more and more organizations strive for this honor each year, Hasbro’s inclusion as a World’s Most Ethical Company for 2012 demonstrates its industry-leading commitment to ethics and dedication to integrity.”

Image: My Little Pony toy, via Hasbro.com.

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