Bulled boy dies: A 12-year-old Philadelphia boy died after doctors took him off life-support over the weekend. His family said that his medical condition was caused after he was bullied.
A Philadelphia boy died after spending two months in a medically-induced coma after apparently getting attacked by two other boys on a schoolyard, which his family said was a case of bullying, it was reported Monday.
Bailey O’Neill, who turned 12 over the weekend, was taken off life support on Sunday, reported Philly.com. He was a sixth-grade student who attended Darby Township School.
O’Neill was placed in a coma after suffering seizures caused weeks after a boy punched him.
“Late yesterday, we were informed about the death of Bailey O’Neill,” Stephen Butz, the superintendent of the Southeast Delco School District, said in a statement published on the district’s website on Monday.
He added, “Our school community is deeply saddened by this loss. Our condolences are with Bailey’s family and friends during this very difficult time.”
“Additional counselors have been made available to assist our students and staff with the
emotions around the death of Bailey,” Butz said, adding that local authorities are investigating the matter still.
In the incident, O’Neill was attacked by two boys at a Philadelphia suburb in January, his family told NBC Philadelphia. He suffered from a concussion and a broken nose during the attack, but his family said that his condition worsened over the next few weeks.
He was taken to the hospital for vomiting and dehydration and later, he experienced seizures. Medical officials then placed him in a coma to stop the seizures.
A relative who set up the Building Hope for Bailey Facebook page said, “I would like to thank everyone who has prayed and supported Bailey and his family!”
“Bailey has been the strongest toughest boy I know. He has faught (sic) this battle long and hard. There just wasn’t a way to fix this. I wish I could say he will get better but I can’t,” the posting reads.
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