This is true, and the prospect of my kids facing bullying is one of my biggest fears. But I also have to say that some kids will keep it buried; the prospect of telling anyone someone is treating you like that is so utterly humiliating that it can be hard to reveal it, even to your parents. For me, it took teachers wondering why I wasn't going to class to bring the whole thing to a head.People really need to talk to their children about their thoughts as well as their feelings. It can be very surprising and devastating when one realizes the thoughts flying around their heads.
If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
- Kahlil Gibran
I wish the world had more Reids and I hope if there are more like him out there, they will find your precious son. This is weighing heavily on my heart.
This story is so sad, as is Sparkles post about her son. School can be hell for some kids because of these bullies.
sparkles - i am heartbroken for your son! what is the school doing to get to the bottom of all of this?
flygirl - it is amazing what just a little attention can do. i hope reid realizes the impact he's had on your son!
can't post pics because my computer's broken and i'm stupid
In January, 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted to take his own life by hanging, which has left him in the hospital with serious brain damage. Although suicidal ideation is a complicated issue with more than one cause, a known factor in Michael’s distress was the bullying he experienced at school.
Other kids taunted Michael about his love for My Little Pony, calling him gay for liking a TV show that was marketed to girls.
At the time of my initial article about Michael and subsequent update, Michael was still nonresponsive and heavily sedated.
Today, we have wonderful and encouraging news!
Over the last several days, for the first time, Michael has steadily improved. His body is starting to wake up and his brain is very slowly starting to function again. He no longer needs IV medications or sedation.
There are recent signs of neurological function present in Michael’s body that have not previously existed. As such, the next steps include moving him to a wheelchair. His family attributes his improvement to the outpouring of love and support.
The doctors still don't know what he will be capable of since his brain has a long way to go, but thanks to each and everyone of you out there sending love, positive thoughts and prayers, Michael is experiencing an evolving miracle of healing.
There is now a new website for the Michael Morones Foundation located at http://www.michaelmorones.org and it is the go-to page for all information about Michael. The page is interactive and includes a place for supporters to comment and upload YouTube videos for Michael.
Great New Update on Michael Morones
more at link
Come on kid, pull through.
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My God, I hope they get their son back mentally.
So sad. I never even heard of suicide at his age.
"Fashion is an art, but individuality is the key"
Sadly, it happens more than you think. We had two suicides at my middle school back in the early 90s.
I hope this boy pulls through and that he is able to have some quality of life.
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I wish I could say that the school has handled everything to my satisfaction but I cant. They dealt with the bullying in the hall because it was caught on camera. The other two incidents happened in the bathroom so there was no camera. And my son has no idea who the boys were. As for the most recent situation, I received a call from the principal in which she told me she cannot do anything other than tell the boy in question not to hit my son in the groin. But my son will not give me his name. Then she proceeded to berate me for sending long emails-apparently she doesn't have time to read them. Fabulous.
We have pulled my son from the school for half of his 4 credits this semester and are homeschooling him for two of them. I found a tutor last year who is amazing. She is teaching him his math and his global history, while he takes computer programming and English at the school. But even a half day is hard for him. He is depressed and terribly anxious and as a result, I have also slid into a depression. There is not a lot of joy in our home at the moment. I would like to keep him at school in some capacity, as he enjoys being part of a team which competes against other schools in a "jeopardy-like" competition. Last year they came in second provincially. He won "Most valuable player" for his team and I know he secretly loved that. If they can win provincially this year, they could go on to compete nationally. But even though he basically won the game for his team, none of the little bastards would even acknowledge him. I wish you could see him play Jeopardy every night. He just answers question after question on the most bizarre topics. I tried to get him to apply online to compete in the teen tournament but because he has Tourette's and tics a lot, he absolutely refuses.
The mother of an 11-year-old boy who tried to kill himself after classmates taunted him for wearing a My Little Pony backpack has revealed she was planning her son's funeral.
Michael Morones' mother Tiffany found her son at their family home in Raleigh, North Carolina, after the suicide attempt in February.
He had been constantly bullied at school for being a fan of the cartoon and would tell his mother he was tired of being 'ugly and stupid'.
Oxygen to his brain was momentarily cut off after he tried to hang himself and doctors believes he could now be suffering from locked-in-syndrome.
Despite the terrifying experience, his mother reveals he is 'getting better every day'.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, Mrs Morones-Suttle said: 'It's insane to think that we are even here.
'Sometimes our kids think they're strong and they're tough and they can handle everything, but as a parent it's our job to say,
"You know what, this is something I get to handle for you."'
She admitted her loneliest moment came when she started making arrangements for her son's funeral, but now the family are committed to getting his life back on track.
'He gets a little better every day, but there is still a long road ahead of him.'
But she said it was a constant struggle because she has 'no idea what he is thinking or going through.'
After a visiting a neurlogist last week, she was told her son could be suffering from locked-in syndrome, meaning he struggles to communicate and could be completely paralysed.
Speaking with Michael's stepfather, Shannon Suttle, she described how she would see stories similar to her son's and ask herself: 'How does a child ever feel like that.'
A concert featuring stars such as Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Patrick Stewart was held in New York last night to help raise funds for Michael.
A website set up by his uncle has also helped increase awareness for his tragic story after going viral.
My Little Pony is a TV show about cartoon horses and has its own online forums including My Little Pony Reddit.
But fans of the show say they are being subjected to bullying and harrassment since the forums went viral.
A documentary was recently made called My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic which tells the story of men who are fans of the show and call themselves Bronies.
However, they keep their love for the show a secret for fear of reprisals.
At the time of Michael's suicide attempt, Mrs Morones-Suttle told WTVD: 'He would come home and say mum I'm tired of people being mean to me. That I'm ugly and stupid.
'It breaks my heart that people have no sense of community or respect or boundaries.
More than 5,000 children between the ages of 10 and 14 have attempted suicide in the US so far this year, according to figures.
Source #1, Source #2
Read more at ONTD: Oh No They Didn't! - Mom of "My Little Pony" fan who attempted suicide speaks out
I fear he's severely brain damaged and will never again be the boy they knew. Here's hoping that's not true and this kid pulls out a miracle.
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