11-Year-Old School Bullying Victim Tries To Commit Suicide

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A non-profit fund is being set up to help kids like Michael Marones cope with bullying. (Courtesy: Michael Marones Recovery Fund)

A non-profit fund is being set up to help kids like Michael Marones cope with bullying. (Courtesy: Michael Marones Recovery Fund)

RALEIGH, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – The family of an 11-year-old boy says he tried to commit suicide after being bullied at school.

Michael Marones’ mother tells WTVD-TV her son was teased mercilessly because he is a fan of the TV cartoon “My Little Pony.”

Michael parents found him hanging off the top rail of his bunk bed.

He was rushed to the hospital, but his brain had been deprived of oxygen for too long, he remains in the hospital on life support and the damage to his brain may never heal.

“He’s the kid that never walks. He dances everywhere,” said Michael’s mother, Tiffany Morones-Suttle. “He’s so full of energy. He’s always on the move.

Stepfather Shannon Suttle says Michael’s favorite cartoon was all about teaching kids to live in harmony despite their differences.

“It teaches the most basic moral values to a lot of complex thoughts.”

Other fans of “My Little Pony” heard about Michael’s plight and have chipped in money to help pay his medical bills.

Some of the money will be used to start a non-profit organization to help kids who are bullied in school.

“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.”

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