11-year-old boy attempts suicide after being bullied for being fan of ‘My Little Pony’

Michael Morones, 11 (WTVD, FACEBOOK)

Michael Morones, 11 (WTVD, FACEBOOK)

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

Michael Morones remains in WakeMed Tuesday 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.

Michael’s parents told WTVD that he was bullied because he likes the cartoon “My Little Pony.” The cartoon has a growing, and perhaps unlikely fan club — men and boys known as “Bronies.”

Michael’s mother Tiffany Morones-Suttle said that he’s a kid who is always full of energy and always dancing. She fears this is part of the reason he was teased so much.

Ten days ago, Michael decided to do something about it.

“He hung himself off the side of the bunk bed, off the railing,” said his mother.

His parents got him to the hospital, but the damage had already been done. Oxygen to his brain had been cut off.

They say they won’t know for awhile how much damage was done to Michael.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say you need to go after bullies and hold them responsible,” said Tiffany. “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.”

Fans of the “My Little Pony” show, like Michael, try to live the motto that friendship is magic.

Michael has gotten support from as far away as Ireland, and a lot of money, which is used for Michael’s care, but also to start a nonprofit to help with bullying.

But the bullying hasn’t stopped. Michael’s parents say just Sunday night on a generally supportive website, a few people left very hurtful comments.

Michael is scheduled to have a tracheotomy Tuesday.

Money can be donated at any State Employees Credit Union under the Michael Morones Recovery Fund. Checks can also be mailed to: The Michael Morones Recovery Fund, c/o Team Trivia Inc., 1380 Woodvine Way, Alpharetta GA 30005, or through PayPal at csuttle3@gmail.com.

A fund for Michael has also been set up through gofundme.com

Source: WTVD

92 comments

  • Brian

    This so sad. Why cant someone just be left alone and be allowed to express themselves. I am a father of a brony and i fully support it. My son has been bullied as well but he has stood strong in the face of adversity and never strayed from his expression. That makes me a very proud father. My thoughts are with Michael and his family.

  • CrystalNightArtBeauty

    I’m a 11 year old GIRL brony/Pegasister (Girl brony name) So because I’m Micheal’s age I know what it’s like to be a fan of MLP:FIM (My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic) at age 11 considering we’re the same age except I’m a girl. Honestly,Why can’t people be allowed to like what they want to like without stupid bullies with no lifes being mean to them? I know no people are never born bullies and they may be bullies because they can’t fit in or because their life is tough but those who find bulling “fun” are the ones I’m talking about. Besides,what’s wrong with MLP:FIM? The show at first in the first few episodes back then when the show was new were ok but good but now the show has more excitement and adventure in it such as Season 2 finale with the Conaterlot Royal Wedding part 1 and 2 and the Crystal Empire part 1and 2 and the show’s creator,Mrs Laruen Faust,wanted the show for all ages and she even said that she didn’t want THAT girly at all and for everyone and the show has lately been interesting. Now I found out about this and what happened to Micheal,I’m going to pray for him until he’s OK again and I suggest that Michael’s parents transfer him to another school and make him not tell anyone he likes it and if he DOES want to talk to other fans his age,he can talk to me considering like eariler that I’m 11! (except I’m a girl) Sadly, we live in different areas,I live in USA CA Fullerton and I currently attened Richman school in the 6th grade and next year I’m goign to Parks Junior High (my mom works there so it’s no wonder why I’m going there) but if yoru Michael,happening to be reading this and the other nice comments by the other nice people :) (not to metion older people because I’m Michael’s age) then I feel sorry for you Michael and I’ll try my best to pray for you and yoru family because as a 11 year old girl My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic fan,then I’ll try my best and I’d like to meet you maybe but sadly we can’t but we can talk to each other on certain websites and stuff! My mom says I need to get off my computer now but I’ll make anoher comment tomorrow and I’ll start praying for you and yoru family toniht and I see in the picture in this artcile you with 2 Pinkie Pie toys and I like Pinkie Pie as well! (I like all the mane 6 euquallay to be honest) and report those bullies to your teacher and principal and other ways to end bullying and you’ll be fine :) I’m surprised to see more My Little Pony fans MY age o be honest and I’m surprised boy fans at age 11 because I know what bronies are and such (I’m like a expert on the sshow) but I’m surprised with age 11 here and yeah,I hope you feel better! :) :D
    (Bless your family)
    Nice meeting other fans my age even though I’m a girl! I’ll add more comments and keep praying for you! :)
    :D :P :) :D :P :)

  • Debbie

    I feel like there’s a little bit more to this story than what’s being told. Could he have been bullied because he likes to ” dance”? I don’t want to imply anything that this kid might take as a form as bullying as well. He didn’t have to let the kids know what cartoon he watches, but he can’t change the way he acts and behaves. If he’s a little different than the other kids that’s okay, but that could be the reason why he was picked on and be the reason why he tried to commit suicide. I have to agree with some of the others who stated that we need to teach our kids that they will face situations like this throughout their lives and they are going to have to find ways of coping with it. Kids today get coddled too much and aren’t taught how to deal with problems that they will face in life. Praying for a speedy recovery.

  • Joshua Selbitschka

    Micheal. I may not have gone through exactly the same thing as you, but I was bullied as well. For different reasons of course as bronies weren’t exactly around when I was getting bullied but I know somewhat what you went through and I’m hoping you get better. Now just a bit of advice for when you wake up and see all these kind comments(seriously alot of these people are praying for you and that’s an admirable thing). What was I saying again- oright, advice on how to deal with harassers. This may be difficult and even I have troubles doing this as well but one thing that you can do is attempt to ignore them. Another thing you could attempt would be taking away their leverage. If you respond positively to them, such as laughing at their insults instead of getting upset, they tend to lose leverage as they’re geared to continue bullying if you react angrily. Proceed to continue doing this and you might find you can make some good friends instead of having to constantly deal with bullies. I had to learn this the hard way and I hope you can have an easier time with it than I did. Never worry about what others will think of you, it only matters what you think of yourself. If you can learn this, you’ll have a great time in school. /)

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