Posts Tagged ‘My Little Pony’

Whoo Hoo!

I am happy for Grayson. Who is he you ask? Well you can read my original post about him here if you would like. Over the weekend I learned of the update that fellow fandom kid Grayson can bring his My Little Pony backpack to school.

Why is this a victory? Long story short, the school told HIM to stop bringing the backpack because it “triggered bullying”. Grayson’s mom yanked him out of the school saying that the district was going after the wrong child. Now the district is working with Grayson’s mom to have him return to school… including the backpack.

Hmm. This USA Today article is interesting.

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It’s this line that bugs me: “We sincerely regret that the issue of being told to leave the bookbag at home was perceived as blaming Grayson”.

REALLY? I mean PR 101 tells you that there is a great chance that people would see you victimizing this kid a second time.

*shaking head* At least Grayson can have his backpack. I want to know what is happening to the kids that were bullying him.

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Grayson Bruce- Kid Champion!

Also over the weekend, a dear friend of mine, who for the sake of anonymity, I will refer to as Suize, told me her child is being bullied at school. Why? Well he’s a bit of a geek. Likes to read (comics, novels, whatever he can get his hands on), like different music than the other kids, like’s  sci-fi shows and sports. I was rolling my eyes when she was telling me this. Her kid is a geek, there’s nothing wrong with this. Most kids in the day and age don’t read at all.

However, what really lit a fire under my ass about this situation was that the kids started attacking her kid because of the religion he believes. I was thinking about this as we were talking. Attacking someone (verbally or physically) for race, religion or sexual orientation is considered hate speech. While she is watching this situation closely and is ready to pounce at a moment’s notice, I am going to watch closely how the school reacts. Depending on the situation and Suzie’s permission, I might speak more in detail about it here.

We have become so politically correct as a society that it frankly makes me sick. But if a kid gets attacked for a show/comic/cartoon they like? Nothing really happens unless the social media and fandoms find out. Then its a force to be reckon with.

Part of me wants to push for us Geeks to be labeled as a protected class, but then again, I think that’s pushing the political correctness a bit too far.

At the end of the day.. can’t we just all agree we each have a passion that drives us? None of its wrong or better than others- just different. Why can’t kids understand this? Part of it is because of the lack of parenting. Part of it is also because, sadly, the parents don’t get it either.

In the words of a great history teacher, Mr. Al Nelson, “It’s not weird. It’s just different”.

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So I am listening to “The View” while I’m cleaning and I have to sit down and write about this.
One of the hot topics is about a boy in North Carolina who was told by his school that in order to stop being beat up by bullies he should stop wearing his My Little Pony backpack. (Here’s a link to an article about it).

What fresh hell is this? Really?

First, let me address the school and then some of the commentary from the show.
The school, and every other school for that matter, needs to reevaluate bullying. Years and years ago, back when I was in fifth grade I came to the realization that man corrupted the word of the Bible. Why?  I went to a private Catholic school  and was CONSTANTLY harrassed mostly in part because I came from a blue collared family and couldn’t wear the latest Nike shoes or whatever for gym class. When I finally got the courage to tell someone of authority I was told to turn the other cheek. Yeah, I did that all the way to 8th grade before I lost my cool, but nothing happened to the kids that were doing the bullying. Whatever happened to the age old adage “treat other how you want to be treated” ?

This was back in the 90s. Now, with social media in the mix schools have  even more to contend with. Why is this kid, the victim, being told to change his ways? I mean really, him having a My Little Pony backpack doesn’t hurt anyone, does it? No it doesn’t.  It’s not like this kid is walking around in a shirt with racial slurs on it. Him having this backpack makes him happy, shows off his fandom pride, and does NOT offend anyone (unlike say, the shirt I mentioned earlier).

Schools need to stop acting like they are widget making factories and let kids be creative (and that’s a whole blog in and of itself). The kids who step out of line and do something that the collective whole disagrees with (such as beating someone up that’s not in self defense and with no cause) need to be punished. Not a kid wearing a backpack.

Now onto the show. Sherri Shepard, who I know is quite religious,  shocked me by saying the kid should leave the backpack at home. Her argument is that the parents can control this (unlike saying skin color or a handicap) why are they putting the kid in harms way? She went on that it’s the parents responsibility to keep their kid safe, and if giving up the backpack would keep the kid safe, then that’s what should be done.

Reminds me alot of what my principal and teachers told me back in the day to conform to what the bullies want. Guess what Ms. Shepard, the bullies win. Those bullies grow up and escalate into other problems such as being bigoted or racists or sexists. Why? Because the world conformed to them as children and they want that for the rest of their life.

Whoopi Goldberg basically made that point. I wish I could capture verbatim what Ms.Goldberg said because it was perfect, but in essence she said that if the bullies win on the backpack that it becomes a slippery slope of saying someone can’t have a certain backpack to someone can’t do something because of how they look etc.

Keep in mind that Ms.Goldberg is indirectly part of the geek fandom and a geek herself (she was on Star Trek remember?)

I wish I could meet the kid. I would give him a high five for being a good fan and displaying his Bronie pride. I would also like to give kudos to the parents for getting him the backpack without batting an eye.

If you have kids, please encourage whatever they are interested in. This could be wanting to play football, being a fan of Doctor Who, or playing music. Everyone has a passion about something. Encourage that passion and support it.

Sometimes it’s that passion that gets your kid through a hard day with bullies, deal with death or divorce.  In the case of things like My Little Pony, comic books and pretty much any Sci – fi show, it helps teach your kid about acceptance and tolerance.

Maybe, a punishment for these bullies is to make them watch My Little Ponies:Friendship Is Magic.  They just…just may be able to learn something.