Bullied 11-Year-Old In Coma: Will Bailly O'Neill Survive? [REPORT]

By IScience Times Staff Reporter on February 7, 2013 10:22 PM EST

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After a bullied 11-year-old boy ended up in a coma, parents around the country are concerned yet again that violence and taunting are getting worse in schools, not better. (Photo: Creative Commons)

After a bullied 11-year-old ended up in a coma, parents are saying, once again, that bullying is getting worse in this country - and that it's time to do something about the increasingly dangerous problem.

Eleven-year-old Bailly O'Neill of Darby Township, Pa. is in a medically induced coma after classmates taunted and beat him up in the school yard.

The problems started four weeks ago when the bullied 11-year-old boy got into a fight at the Darby Township School. O'Neill was hit a number of times in the face. His nose was broken and he collapsed on the ground.

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At first the injuries didn't seem so severe for the 11-year-old boy. Though he had a concussion, he was treated and released from the hospital. But the bullied child didn't seem right when he got home.

His father started to become alarmed. "He was sleeping. He was moody. He wasn't himself," his father, Rob O'Neill, told ABC Affiliate WPVI-TV.  "He was angry a little bit. He wasn't really eating."

Things quickly went from bad to worse. A few days later, the 11-year-old boy started having serious seizures and had to return to the hospital. The seizures became so extreme that doctors felt they had no choice but to put the 11-year-old boy in a medically induced coma. That was two weeks ago.

"Every day I'm trying to stay strong for him," the bullied boy's father told WPVI-TV. "When you get into that hospital room and you're looking at him, I would trade places in a heartbeat.  It's my buddy, you know."

Southeast Delco School District Superintendent Stephen Butz told ABCNews.com he is not taking the fight lightly. "We take bullying seriously," he said. "We are very concerned about the medical condition of the student and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and students."

According to national statistics on bullying that were released in February 2012, an "estimated 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students."

"American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims," Dan Olweus of the National School Safety Center said.

"As parents, this issue really hits home for us," Michelle Obama said in a speech in 2011. "As parents, it breaks our hearts to think that any child feels afraid every day in the classroom, or on the playground, or even online. It breaks our hearts to think about any parent losing a child to bullying, or just wondering whether their kids will be safe when they leave for school in the morning."

Read the whole speech here.

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