ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A 9-year-old boy will now be allowed to carry his “My Little Pony” backpack to school after Buncombe County school officials previously said he could not.
According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, Grayson Bruce was previously prevented from bringing the bag to Candler Elementary School because officials said it “triggered bullying.”
Officials changed their minds after a meeting with Grayson’s mother, Noreen.
The story has gone viral over the past several days, attracting the attention of national news outlets and more than 65,000 Facebook supporters rallying behind the #SupportforGrayson hashtag.
Buncombe County Schools administrators released a joint statement Thursday, saying they would work with Grayson to make “a safety transition plan and an allowance for Grayson to bring the bookbag to school.”
Read more: Asheville Citizen-Times