As a fan of lots of geekdom stuff—anime, manga, video games, etc,—I've experienced my fair share of bullying. Heck, seventh grade has been purged from my memory forever, but for a child nine years old to endure bullying, and the catalyst to be My Little Pony (a show that expresses friendship, and a fandom that promotes tolerance) this is enough to make my blood boil.
I don't blame the children for the bullying at this age so much as I blame the children's parents. I also blame the school's principle for taking a pussyfied highroad and eliminating the "distraction" that was the catalyst for the bullying rather than have the balls to throw a few students out on their ass for a few weeks in suspension. Let a few failing grades float their way to their parents and then THEN we'll see how bullying is tolerated.