There's nothing quite like a good old fashioned dose of victim blaming to get me riled up in the morning.
Grayson Bruce, 9 years old, was told he could no longer carry his My Little Pony Rainbow Dash backpack to school.
Why? Because the backpack made him a target for bullying.
(That sound you just heard just now was the sound of my head exploding in a giant burst of rage over the idiocy of this decision.)
Grayson Bruce has been punched, pushed, and called names, presumably in the earshot and line of sight of adults, and the school's response was to punish Grayson.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Buncombe County schools issued a statement saying "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."
Their initial step was to blame the victim! UNBELIEVABLE.
The school district told Grayson and his mother, Noreen, that he needed to leave the bag at home because the bag was a "trigger for bullying."
Noreen's response sums it up pretty perfectly.
"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."
Here's hoping Buncombe County Schools see the error of their statement and find a way to address the REAL problem. Which isn't a boy with a My Little Pony backpack.