My Little Pony bullies

You may be aware of a recent story of a young 9-year old boy in America being told that he shouldn’t wear his My Little Pony backpack to school because it made him a target for bullying. I read the story and was annoyed for the lad and it made me angry that the ‘bullies’ appeared to have won on this occasion.Rainbow-Dash-my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-20416585-555-375

However, the campaign that caused this outrage was from a blog his mother wrote, and of course, perhaps as it was a campaign, we didn’t get the school’s side of the story. That’s the trouble with campaigns; we get to see only one side of the argument.  If we took a more balanced approach, took time out to hear the other side, we might see things as they really are and not as we’ve been led to believe they are.

Maybe the school, which apparently has a terrific record of having anti-bullying systems in place, was merely voicing an obvious thought rather than an actual ban. Perhaps they wanted to avoid possible trouble for the sake of the young boy before it could get to be a problem. There was no mention of whether the boy would have gotten support from the school should he continue wearing his MLP backpack because no one asked.  It was seen, via the 65,000 supporters who took to Facebook in their collective condemnation of the school, as nothing more than a blanket ban on the boy’s freedom to express himself, to enjoy his childhood and simply giving in to the bullies.

It is right that we need to be aware of this nasty piece of anti-social behaviour and tackle it as soon as it rears its ugly head because last month, and again in the USA, Michael Morones an 11-year-old My Little Pony fan was left comatose after attempting suicide over anti-gay bullying. We know that the percentage of children and young teens committing or attempting suicide and self-harm is on the rise, and that can’t be right.

But what to do? We want our kids to be unique and individual but we don’t want them to get hurt in the process. So, how do we go about doing that when sometimes the most obvious and immediate fix is not necessarily the answer to the final solution?

If you have been bullied or need advice please seek help, don’t keep it to yourself.

www.childline.org.uk/   Tel: 0800 1111

www.samaritans.org/   Tel: 08457 90 90 90

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