An 11-year-old boy is in critical condition in North Carolina after recently attempting to take his own life. Michael Morones’s parents say he was the target of vicious bullying because of his love for the cartoon My Little Pony and his perceived sexual orientation and gender expression. He now faces possible brain damage.
"He’d come home and say, ‘Mom, I’m tired of people being mean to me, I’m tired of people calling me gay, I’m tired of people telling me I’m ugly, that I’m stupid’," Tiffany Morones-Suttle told WTVD. She said her son was usually able to brush off the bullying, but 10 days ago, she came home to find her son unconscious after attempting to take his own life. …
Despite the tragic events leading up to their son’s hospitalization, the family said they aren’t angry with their son’s tormentors. Instead, they’re trying to take inspiration from the child’s favorite show, which preaches tolerance, acceptance, and that “Friendship is magic.”
"I’ve heard a lot of people say you need to go after bullies and hold them responsible," said Morones-Suttle. "But you know, I don’t think that’s what [my son] would want. I would rather teach people how to do right than turn around than punish, because punishment doesn’t always work."
Eleven years old. We are allowing 11-year-old children to be tormented so viciously, this is what they turn to. I’m so sad for this family and hoping with all my heart for this sweet boy’s recovery. Put good thoughts into the universe for him, if that’s your thing, and as always, please call the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 if you or a friend needs some support.