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 www.michaelmorones.org website will go live with a page that features those studios.
All of the proceeds will go to life-long medical care for Michael.
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