By now most everyone has heard about the 9 year-old boy who was bullied for bring his My Little Pony backpack and accessories to school. The school told the boy he could no longer continue to bring the backpack to school because it was prompting bullying and causing a disruption. Supporters of the boy are dismayed at this response saying it punishes the victim and not the perpetrators. This however, is the correct course of action and consistent with most school policies.
Notice the same people who are defending the boy are not so quick to defend students all across America who are told they must remove clothing and other items which bear NRA logos, second amendment references, Duck Dynasty characters, or American flags. No, instead of standing up for all forms of free speech in schools, this is the one they get behind. Why is that I wonder.
I’d bet all the money I could borrow is that it has the air of being an LGBT issue. We have a boy whose favorite cartoon and toys are essentially girl’s toys, and his apologists see ‘gay’. He must be put on a pedestal and don’t anyone dare make him sad. At any cost the LGBT community cannot ever be put in a position to be upset over being gay. I’m not saying the boy is gay. After all, he’s only 9 years-old. But there is the implication that he may be and that’s all activists need.
Don’t mistake me for defending bullying. No one should be bullied. But when you’re a boy who likes My Little Pony so much that you want to make it public knowledge, name-calling is inevitable. Stand proud, if that’s what you want. But expect your peers — at 9 years-old — to have fun at your expense. A responsible parent would have known this. A loving parent would have warned and advised their child to be a little more discreet. Placing your child in a situation knowing they will be bullied is not loving at all — it’s using your child for attention.