Bullied 11-year-old Zebulon boy breathing on his own
by WNCN Staff
ZEBULON, N.C. -
An 11-year-old boy who has been hospitalized after bullying pushing him to attempt suicide has started to breathe on his own, according to a website set up for the boy.
Michael Morones, a sixth-grader at Zebulon Middle School, attempted suicide in late January after repeated bullying.
His parents, Tiffany Morones-Suttle and Shannon Suttle, were able to stop the attempt in time to rush Michael to the hospital but say he has suffered severe brain damage.
An update posted to the website Tuesday stated "Michael caught a fever because of an infection in his trachea, but with antibiotics, he will be fine. It's not stopping him, 18 hours of breathing without assistance on Feb. 17! Love you guys!"
Michael's stepfather says his son loves the show "My Little Pony." He also says Michael has ADHD and could easily relate to the high-energy characters.
"They just taught a lot of morals and values and different ways to handle negative situations and fix things in your life," explained Tiffany.
Michael considered himself a "Brony," a term used for a growing group of boys and men who love the show.
Unfortunately, this made him a target for bullies.
"He believed so much in love and kindness and compassion but everyone has a breaking point," said Shannon.
Shannon says Michael would talk about being bullied but never showed any signs about how badly it affected him.
These are other resources parents and students can use dealing with bullying:
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:43:09 GMT
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