School bans 9 year old boy from carrying My Little Pony backpack

Screen grab from Support for Grayson Facebook page

A North Carolina school is taking some heat after telling a 9 year old boy he can't carry a "My Little Pony" backpack to class.

The school says the backpack makes Grayson Bruce a target for bullies.

The school board is standing by the decision saying the bag would create a distraction in the classroom.

Some are concerned that this punishes the victims of bullying rather than the bullies.

For now the boy is being home schooled. His mother is meeting with the school superintendent about the issue Thursday.

There has been a Facebook page set up to show support for Grayson. It has about 45,500 likes.