When a 10-year-old boy was being bullied for adoring his glittery cat-themed lunchbox, his older cousin decided to take a stand.

David Pendragon of Charlotte, North Carolina recently posted a photo of himself on social media proudly carrying the cool lunchbox into his “conservative, corporate workplace”.

In the caption, he explains how his little cousin Ryker had been super excited to bring the same lunchbox into school – but because of the bright colors and the cat-themed pattern, some of the other kids started picking on the youngster.

“He even wanted to stop taking his lunch [to school] so he wouldn’t be teased about it any longer,” says David. “I have decided, however, to stand with my little cousin and show him that a man can love whatever he wants and not be afraid to express that love.

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“So I have ordered the same lunchbox for myself and proudly carried it to work today at my large, conservative, corporate workplace. I’ve told anyone who asked the story behind my lunchbox and to a person, they all stand with Ryker too.

“There’s no one way to be a man. Men can be colorful. Men can be expressive. Men can be emotional and silly and gleeful.

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“I love my new lunchbox and I hope Ryker and all the other boys out there can see that their passion and self-expression is never something to be ashamed of.”

Judging by the thousands of comments and shares of support that David’s post has generated since it was published earlier this week, it’s fair to say that the rest of the world stands with Ryker too.


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(Photo by David Pendragon)