11-year-old boy in coma after bully attack

February 7th, 2013 by | Permalink

Bailey O’Neill. Screen shot via ABC Action News 6.

Sixth grader Bailey O’Neill, 11, is in a medically induced coma after being hit in the face repeatedly during a fight at school.

Bailey attends Darby Township School and was attacked about four weeks ago.  One of the kids hit Bailey in the face several times, fracturing his nose.  The kids also knocked Bailey down, giving Bailey a concussion.

Bailey’s parents took him to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children to be examined.  A few days after the examination, his parents started to notice that he was acting strangely.  ”He was sleeping.  He was moody.  He wasn’t himself.  He was angry a little bit.  He wasn’t really eating,” said Bailey’s father, Rob O’Neill.

Bailey began to have violent seizures and the doctors at the hospital decided to put Bailey into a medically induced coma.  He has been in the coma for about two weeks.

“I want to hear his voice, his mother wants to hear his voice,” said O’Neill.

As for the other students involved in the attack, one other student was suspended for two days.

School Superintendent Stephen Butz told Action News 6, “We have requested that the local police assist us in the investigation of this incident and are fully cooperating with their investigation of this incident.  We are very concerned about the medical condition of this student.  And our thoughts and prayers are with him.  Due to the age of the students involved and the ongoing police investigation, I am unable to make any additional comments.”

Charges have not been filed by the police and the investigation is still ongoing.

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