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February 05, 2014

Boy, 11, attempts suicide after being bullied at school

He was teased at school for liking the cartoon "My Little Pony"; his parents got him to the hospital after his suicide attempt, but he suffered potentially life-long brain damage

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RALEIGH, N.C. — An 11-year-old boy is in the hospital after trying to commit suicide — the victim of bullying at school.

It's not a new problem in North Carolina, but this puts a new face on the age-old problem as Michael Morones remains in WakeMed with a tube down his throat and potentially life-long brain damage.Michael tried to kill himself, apparently because he could no longer take the torrent of bullying he was facing at school. "He's the kid that never walks. He dances everywhere," said Michael's mother, Tiffany Morones-Suttle. "He's so full of energy. He's always on the move.

Michael's parents say he was that way even in the face of daunting bullying at school. Michael likes the cartoon "My Little Pony." It turns out, the cartoon has a growing, and perhaps unlikely fan club — men and boys known as "Bronies." Because of that, Michael was teased so much that ten days ago he decided to do something about it. "He hung himself off the side of the bunk bed, off the railing," said Tiffany. His parents got him to the hospital, but the damage had already been done. Oxygen to his brain had been cut off.

Full story: Child attempts suicide after being bullied at school for being a fan of My Little Pony

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