Feb 08, 2013 05:37 AM EST
Bullied 11-Year Old in Coma: Doctors Medically Induce Unconsciousness Student after Seizures from Schoolyard Fight
A Pennsylvania boy remains in a medically induced coma after a schoolyard fight that his parents claimed was a result of bullying.
Bailey O'Neil, 11, an honors student from Darby Township School, was involved in the fight four weeks ago. According to ABC Action News, O'Neil was beaten up and suffered a broken nose and a concussion.
O'Neil was treated and released by a local hospital. However, things took a turn for the worst a few days later, as Bailey began showing signs that all was not well. The boy's father was quoted by ABC affiliate WPVI-TV as saying, "He was sleeping. He was moody. He wasn't himself. He was angry a little bit. He wasn't really eating."
O'Neil's condition took a turn for the worst when he began having violent seizures. Doctors were forced to act and put the boy in a medically induced coma.
In the action report the father is quoted as tearfully saying, "He's a good kid. He's an honor student. He doesn't deserve it."
School officials have not responded to the parents' allegations that the fight was a result of bullying. The school released a statement saying, "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."
O'Neil's father told ABC that one of the student had been suspended for two days following the beating.
It's quite the sad turn of events and if the beating was a result of bullying, then this situation highlights a much larger issue, bullying in the U.S. Bullying has become one of the larger problems in U.S. schools in recent years, and it has spread past the schoolyard. In the age of the Internet, cyber-bullying has also become a major problem that has had to be dealt with.
The 2011 documentary "Bully" shed some light on the topic of school bullying in an attempt to facilitate and anti-bullying movement. The documentary follows students from different high schools across different states, and also covers the lives of the families. Of particular focus were the deaths of Tyler Long and Ty Smalley, students who took their lives as a result of bullying.
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