Thursday, March 20, 2014

Victim Blaming in Bullying

So I realize in the last few months just taking on work, a high risk pregnancy, and homeschooling Bug has been enough on my plate, so this blog has fallen short a bit. Yet one news story this week caught my attention and I knew I had to write about it. Recently a 9 year old boy, Grayson Bruce, was asked by his school to stop wearing his Rainbow Dash backpack to school. The reason for this was that he was being bullied and instead of dealing with it by removing the bullies, or maybe sensitivity counseling for the bullies and their parents, they instead blamed the victim and told him to remove his backpack. I wonder if they would have had a boy remove a Spiderman backpack if he were being bullied for it. No I would guess not, but since My Little Ponies are considered "girlie" this poor boy was singled out, punched, pushed, harassed, hurt, and then the pain was made worse when he himself was blamed for it. This is not unlike telling a teen girl who is raped that her short skirt "invited the rape". Grayson's mother started a FB community called "Support for Grayson" and I for one am fully behind him. I know you all know that Bug loves MLP, and we have honestly never had anyone try and prevent him from being himself or say anything negative about it. We have had a few friends and family members who just don't understand but they know how we feel about it and they have been supportive. Recently Bug got a Rainbow Dash hoody which he proudly wore to school. Not only were all his teachers and classmates supportive they thought he was pretty cool. So Grayson we stand behind you. Bug is just like you and so are many many other little boys. You be you and be proud of it!

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