What on earth were they thinking?

Grayson Bruce and his mother

The picture links to an article. I’m pretty much speechless that they told a 9-year-old not to bring a backpack to school because it was a “trigger for bullying” although I’m not that surprised they subsequently released the statement “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.”

Too bad their “initial step” was to go after the 9 year old and ignore the bullying. Sigh… nothing like blaming the victim. You can read a longer article about this here.

And an update on the 11 year old who tried to hang himself. He’s awake!

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2 thoughts on “What on earth were they thinking?

  1. This is outrageous! Victim-blaming at its finest. Further down in the article it cites another incident of a gay teen’s yearbook profile being pulled because it would “cause him to be bullied” as well. Are these people serious? Why do they think it’s okay to restrict the freedom of the (potential) victims rather than addressing the problem itself? And the sad thing is that they are assuming intolerance where there may be none — at least, in the case of the gay teen, he said that he’s already out to his classmates and hasn’t had a problem. In that situation, it seems that the principal is the one with issues, not the student body.

    -C

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