Tiffany Morones-Suttle faced every mother's nightmare in February when her 11-year-old son Michael Morones attempted suicide after classmates bullied him for loving the cartoon "My Little Pony."
Morones-Suttle joined HuffPost Live's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to share her story on April 14, hours before Broadway Battles Bullying, a star-studded concert in Morones' honor featuring Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Mary-Louise Parker and more.
Morones' mother said the terrifying experience has taught her the importance of fighting for her child.
"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 said. "It's not fighting their battles for them, but it's showing them how to do it when they get older and they're equipped better to do that."
Morones is still struggling with the effects of his suicide attempt. Morones-Suttle said she recently met with a neurologist, who said her son may have "locked-in syndrome," which is preventing him from communicating.
Morones-Suttle got visibly emotional and she described the idea of having to plan her son's funeral, but now that the darkest moment has passed, she's focused on sharing what she's learned with other parents.
"I'd seen things in the news and read things, and I was like, 'Wow, how does a kid ever feel like that? And where are their parents, where are the teachers?' Then you're kind of thrust into the situation, [and you say], 'Oh, wait, I was there,'" she said. "You have to step back and realize that it's everybody together trying to make that change."
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
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