Bailey O’Neill, a bullied schoolboy who was put in a medically induced coma after being punched in the schoolyard, turned 12 years old on Saturday. His family made the decision take him off life support on Sunday, Philly.com reported on March 4.
Stephen Butz, the superintendent of the Southeast Delco School District, issued a written statement on Monday morning, saying that the school district had been informed of Bailey O’Neill’s passing late on Sunday.
“Our school community is deeply saddened by this loss. Our condolences are with Bailey’s the family and friends during this very difficult time.”
The superintendent and the school district are cooperating in the investigation in conjunction with Darby Township police. No charges have been filed and officials have not released any details of the altercation that occurred on Jan. 10.
The office of Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan is investigating the incident, which was recorded by surveillance cameras. Charges could still be filed in regards to the incident due to Bailey O’Neill’s passing.
Bailey O’Neill, a sixth-grader at Darby Township School, began having seizures after another student allegedly punched him on Jan. 10 in the schoolyard. Bailey was placed in a medically induced coma following the incident.
The family has indicated that two students were bullying Bailey when one of the students punched the boy in the face, breaking his nose and causing a concussion. O’Neill was taken to DuPont Hospital in Delaware, examined by doctors and released. Days later Bailey began having violent seizures.
A family member declined to comment when contacted at home.