Bullied boy, 9, can wear My Little Pony bag: School 0
Support for Grayson Facebook page. (SCREENSHOT)
A U.S. school that drew criticism for forbidding a nine-year-old boy from wearing his My Little Pony backpack to class has backed down.
The North Carolina school made international headlines when it told Grayson Bruce his bag was a "trigger for bullying."
Thousands of people came to Grayson's defence, including pundit Glenn Beck and members of My Little Pony's prominent male fan community, known as Bronies.
A petition garnered more than 11,500 signatures. More than 70,000 people joined the Facebook group, Support For Grayson.
Buncombe County Schools on Thursday reversed its decision.
"We sincerely regret that the issue of being told to leave the bookbag at home was perceived as blaming Grayson," it said in a statement. "We support Grayson bringing the bookbag to school."
Grayson's parents, Josh and Noreen Bruce, also issued a statement.
"That outpouring of love from everyone has been unbelievable and has given us the opportunity to shine a light on the different kinds of hurts kids experience at school."