We’ve had quite a few articles of this popping up recently, so this probably merits at least a mention.
Are you currently being bullied or were you bullied in school? Did the other kids find the most ridiculous things to push you around for, making you feel like you’re doing something wrong for being an individual while they hid behind their own insecurities?
Not long ago, we published an article about Michael Morones, which was an extreme of being bullied, but a result of bullying nonetheless. And, terrible as Michael’s situation is, he’s not the only one who’s being targeted based on his appreciation of a show.
Young Grayson Bruce has popped up on quite a number of news outlets, including Nothing to Do With Arbroath, The Daily Mail, WRIC, and Alas! A Blog. This 9-year-old is being told by his school that, due to bullying of the student by other students, he is to leave his Rainbow Dash backpack (and, I believe, accompanying lunchbox) at home. Apparently, the district seems to think this discourages bullying behavior.
I think Grayson’s mom summed it up quite well in the WRIC video: “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 even make any sense.” I never did anything that inspired others to bully me; I just wasn’t a sports nut and didn’t want to talk to them, so they bullied me for my individuality, if anything.
Putting a bandage over a bullying epidemic is never going to fix it. This should be an opportunity to educate on the school’s part. It’s a shame they don’t see things the same way Grayson’s mother does.