Tattoo parlors ink ‘My Little Pony’ in support of bullied NC boy who attempted suicide

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RALEIGH (WTVD) — There’s good news about an 11-year-old boy recovering after trying to take his own life.

The parents of Michael Morones say the boy tried to kill himself after being bullied because of his love of the cartoon “My Little Pony.”

On Tuesday, Michael was transported to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, to received specialized treatment for his brain injury.

While Michael’s hospital bills mount, the movement to help pay them is becoming widespread. Now, tattoo studios across the country are stepping in.

“It’s kind of amazing,” said Joselyn Alford, a tattoo apprentice at Revolution Ink, in Leesville, La. “I mean people want these tattoos like left and right.”

At Revolution Ink, “My Little Pony designs” are all the rage.

“This story will live on forever in our tattoos,” said Alford.

The tattoo movement, originally started by a man in Texas, was spawned by what Morones’ parents describe as constant tormenting from his classmates because of his love for “My Little Pony.”

That passion is what led the 11-year-old to hang himself off the side of his bunk bed a little more than a month ago.

“No one’s going to mess with him anymore because he likes My Little Pony,” said Alford. “Because you know what? Motorcyclists and bad boys, even tough girls, around the world, are teaming up.”

The family told WTVD they are working with between 25 and 30 tattoo studios across the country including several here in North Carolina.

On Wednesday, the website will go live with a page that features those studios.

All of the proceeds will go to life-long medical care for Michael.

Read more: WTVD


  • Rachel

    That’s wonderful. It’s amazing when ppl get together to help a child like Michael and his family. Prayers for all those involved

  • Spoon McGillicuttie

    It’s amazing how people are making sure that the idea that trying to harm yourself is to be rewarded…..Stop finding ways to support the behavior-the kid has issues that need addressing. And I blame the press for reporting these stories every few days. Sadly children are seriously harmed and it gets LESS ink than kids picking on a kid for being a sissy.

    • Sara

      He is an 11 year old boy who was tormented. Did he handle the situation with patience and grace? Nope. Know why? He’s ELEVEN. I hardly see how a lifetime of brain damage and medical bills for his family count as this child being “rewarded” for his choice. This little boy has issues that need to be addressed, but they are now different mental health issues that he might have had before he tried to take his life. People like you who taunt this boy for being a “sissy” are likely the kinds of parents his tormentors had. The older I get, the more I realize that you should embrace what you love, no matter what others may think, and be happy with yourself. This boy didn’t make it to an age where he could come to this realization before he felt like there was no way out. This is sad all the way around. I agree that there are other instances of child abuse that are GROSSLY underreported, but that doesn’t mean this story or this child are undeserving of attention.

      • nygrl4evr

        Thank you so much Sara! Anyone who thinks this child is being rewarded has some serious issues! The world has some serious issues when children grow up thinking it is acceptable to go around picking on people for being different from them. Totally disgusted and hope the parents of the children who were doing the bullying take a serious look at the children they are raising. They obviously need some serious help too.

  • KinaSwayney

    Yes, well said Sara…and sucko, your name speaks volumes. You must have been a bully too. My heart goes out to this child and his family.

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