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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


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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Aaron Haber Aaron Haber Wednesday, February 05, 2014 5:23:20 PM Just so sad, best wishes to him and his family. This bullying crap just has to stop.
Pete Kristensen Pete Kristensen Wednesday, February 05, 2014 5:55:39 PM Start charging teachers and or administrators for their complicity in letting it go on.....
Pete Kristensen Pete Kristensen Wednesday, February 05, 2014 5:56:10 PM Then start charging the parents of these assholes who do this shit...
Pete Kristensen Pete Kristensen Wednesday, February 05, 2014 5:56:38 PM MOLLY HATCHET......PAT TRAVERS
Bette Hayes Bette Hayes Wednesday, February 05, 2014 6:25:42 PM How very, very sad for Michael but especially sad for his parents. May God be with you as you journey through this forest. My heart aches for you and your beautiful son.
Michelle Ellsessor Michelle Ellsessor Wednesday, February 05, 2014 7:26:14 PM So heart breaking!! I pray he will be ok.
Dale Monroe Keene Dale Monroe Keene Wednesday, February 05, 2014 7:41:10 PM Prayers, peace, comfort and strength, may they be yours during this trying time. I pray Michael recovers, it is sad so very, very sad.
Suzy Red Suzy Red Thursday, February 06, 2014 8:04:39 PM That is heartbreaking. My prayers are with him and his parents.

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