Flags are flying at half-staff Monday at the Darby Township School in Pennsylvania after news that a bullied boy died Sunday. Bailey O'Neill had been placed in a medically-induced coma after an incident with another student, and the day after he turned 12-years-old his family made the difficult decision to remove him from life support. NBC Philadelphia shared the details on March 4.
Bailey O'Neill had been punched in the face last month by a fellow student, and he received a concussion and broken nose. A day later, he started suffering seizures. The doctors put him into the coma, and sadly he was unable to recover. While the boy who allegedly punched O'Neill was suspended for two days, there have been no criminal charges filed against him. Counselors are on-hand today at the school to help students deal with the news that the bullied boy died.
The family is frustrated over the fact that there have been no charges, and many wonder if investigators will change course now that Bailey O'Neill died. The family also has a younger son, and they chose to pull him out of the school district after O'Neill's tragic injury.
Investigators have talked with many who witnessed the playground fight, and they have reviewed videotape that showed the incident. Whether anything more will happen to the alleged instigator now that the bullied boy died remains to be seen. Many are reaching out to send their support to the family via the Building Hope for Bailey Facebook page.