School bullying has led an 11-year-old boy to try to kill himself. According to a report by a local ABC affiliate out of Raleigh on Feb. 5, Michael Morones remains in the hospital following a suicide attempt.
According to the report, Morones was a victim of bullying at school because he likes the cartoon “My Little Pony”. He was teased and harassed because he was apart of a growing fan club for cartoon known as “Bronies”. Because of the constant torment and the perception that he was “gay” for liking the show, Michael tried to take his own life by hanging himself “off the side of the bunk bed, off the railing,” according to Tiffany Morones-Suttle, Michael’s mother.
The suicide attempt has landed Michael in the hospital, where he remains, with a tube down his through and potentially life-long brain damage due to Oxygen to his brain being cut off. Michael’s parents are not sure how long it will take their son to heal.
“We won’t know for months how much is going to heal,” said Morones-Suttle. “It could even be years before we find out what potential for healing he has.”
Despite the harassment their son took due to the bullying, they are not angry at the kids who bullied Michael. Instead they want to teach the kids the “basic moral values” of the show Michael was being teased about. Morones-Suttle feels another approach to the constant issue of bullying may be more effective.
“I’ve heard a lot of people say you need to go after bullies and hold them responsible. But you know, I don’t think that’s what Mike would want. I would rather teach people how to do right than turn around than punish, because punishment doesn’t always work.”
Young Michael Morones has gotten much support, but some of the bullying has still continued on the website they created for Michael. People have left hurtful comments, which Michael’s parent’s say only strengthens their fight against bullying.
It hasn’t been reported to as what the school is planning to do about the bullying, but the state of North Carolina is one of 49 states with bullying prevention laws. Maybe what happened to Michael will open eyes to implement more anti-bullying programs in schools and dedicate more effort towards awareness.
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