Allegedly, a nine year old boy in North Carolina, after complaining about being bullied because of his "My Little Pony" backpack, was told by the school, are you ready for this one, to leave the backpack home.
Obviously the school administration has its head shoved somewhere without light. Supposedly the principal, when questioned about this, revealed that she thought it had been a REAL pony. When corrected she simply said "Never mind."
Obviously an educator that's right on top of things. What a complete ditz.
Anyway, ignoring the ditz running the school, telling the kid to leave the backpack home places the blame for the bullying incident on the victim. That's like blaming a woman for being raped and the Jews for being murdered by the Nazis.
On the other side however, what the hell were his parents thinking?
It's far from unknown in our culture that boys will get teased for showing up at school with items deemed either too girly or too babyish by their peers. There are scenes in both "Home Alone" and "A Christmas Story" that talk about getting beat up for wearing the wrong thing.
This doesn't excuse the actions of the bullies or the school, but, seriously, a "My Little Pony" backpack?