Once again, bullying has reared its ugly head, and a child who should have had no greater care in the world than whether or not he passed that math quiz yesterday, has attempted suicide.
Michael Morones, 11 years old of Raleigh, North Carolina is a big fan of the cartoon show My Little Pony and as a result faced constant harassment at school. The other boys saw the show as being geared toward girls and therefore Michael’s love of the show made him a sissy.
The show actually has a very large following among men and boys who refer to themselves as “Bronies” and make no apologies for their devotion to a program which they say promotes friendship, love and tolerance.
According to Tiffany Morones-Suttle and her husband, Michael’s step-father, Shannon Suttle say that Michael tried to live up to the high moral standards championed by the show and would not want his bullies to be punished for what they drove him to do.
Michael, like many fans of the show tries to live up to its motto, that “friendship is magic.”
“I’ve heard a lot of people say you need to go after bullies and hold them responsible,” said Michael’s mother to WTVD. “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.”
Only 10 days ago Tiffany says she went into Michael’s room to find him hanging from the top rail of his bunk bed, and although she arrived in time to save his life, it was not before his brain had been deprived of oxygen for a long enough time to insure permanent brain damage. The extent of that damage is not yet known and it may be months or even years before they know for sure just how extensive the damage is and how much he will be able to recover.
Sympathy and support is pouring in from all over with someone as far away as Ireland making a large donation to help defray his medical bills.
His parents say that they hope to be able to start a non-profit dedicated to fighting bullying with any money that may be left over after paying for all of his medical expenses with his father saying that it has become more than a goal, it has become their mission.
Incredibly the bullying continues even as Michael lays comatose in a hospital bed! Michael’s parents say that just Sunday night a few people left some hurtful comments on a website which has been generally supportive of Michael, showing that there are those among us who will never get it.
Watch a report on Michael’s story in the video below from WTVD.