UPDATED 03-12-13: 12-YEAR OLD BAILEY O’NEILL DIES AFTER BULLYING INCIDENT AT DARBY TOWNSHIP SCHOOL IN UPPER DARBY, PA (VIDEO)…
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 11:02 PM (My original post follows my update)
I will stay on this story as it unfolds. Here’s the latest on this very tragic story…
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The black father in the video above should be encouraging his son to take responsibility for his actions instead of denying his vicious actions.
There is a sacredness in tears.
They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.
They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.
They are messengers of overwhelming grief…
and unspeakable love.
On January 10, a white 12-year old 6th grader, Bailey O’Neill, an Honor Roll student, was involved in a fight in Upper Darby, PA (west of Philadelphia)—a fight he didn’t want to have. Bailey was jumped by two black classmates—one little black thug hit Bailey in the face so many times, he fractured his nose. Bailey was also pushed down, hit his head on the ground and suffered a concussion, but it wasn’t immediately addressed.
He was actually sent back to class after the incident with an ice pack. An ice pack? With a bad head injury? Why didn’t the school call the parents and suggest a doctor evaluate him? You don’t have to be a doctor to know anyone with a bad head injury should be evaluated promptly! Someone with head trauma should not be allowed to sleep, but he wasn’t properly taken care of right away. Shortly after, Bailey wasn’t feeling good. He was becoming very tired and confused. The two little black thugs were suspended from school for just two days after the incident. It wasn’t until almost two weeks later that Bailey began experiencing seizures so he was taken to the hospital by his parents. Because of the constant seizures Bailey was experiencing, he was put in a medically-induced coma. Bailey had to have a blood transfusion and contracted pneumonia. He was taken off life support on Sunday, March 3, 2013, one day after his 12th birthday.
There is nothing worse than a parent losing a child, especially by violent means. What has become of our society? Why didn’t anyone intervene? Were they afraid of these two boys because they’re black? The authorities are actually investigating to see if this a “simple assault”. This is not a “simple” assault. It’s a vicious attack that resulted in murder! If this were against a black boy, it would be classified as a hate crime. This altercation was fueled by hate. For Bailey to be beaten so severely, this is pure hate. Were the black animals upset because Bailey was an Honor Role student? Excelled in sports? Was so loved? Was this hate-filled beating fueled by jealousy?
These black thugs should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Then and only then will this poor family receive closure for the loss of their loved one. If they were any other color, I’d be saying the same thing. Where’s Jesse Jackass and Al Crapton? Why isn’t Obama coming forward saying these little black thugs “acted stupidly”? Where is the media outrage? I guess it’s reserved for black victims. In their eyes, only blacks are victims. This is one of the reasons why there is such a racial divide in this country—because blacks are attacking whites in record numbers in this country, and there is no media outrage, no outrage from the current Administration. Why? Maybe because Bailey didn’t look like Obama…if he had a son. Travon was a career thug, and he attacked a Hispanic, yet Obama rallied to his defense, and the media is still rallying to his defense.
Investigators are stating that there was no history of bad blood between the two bullies and Bailey, but Bailey’s family and other news sources are stating that there were previous altercations between the boys. Some news sources claim that at this point, they don’t have any information to say that this is a case of bullying. They have the surveillance tape. Surely, that is enough evidence. Why don’t they release the videotape and let us see for ourselves if this is a “simple assault”? Are they afraid that as soon as the public learns that the two attackers are black boys, and they viciously attacked a white boy, that would go against their bias? An autopsy on Bailey’s body is being performed. Hopefully, Bailey’s body will be able to speak for him, and finally bring these two black thugs to justice, seeing that the authorities and the media can’t seem to do it.
Two little black thugs came along and took out all their anger and frustrations, and severely beat an innocent white victim—injuries that eventually ended his short life. This was an unprovoked attack on a smaller boy. Why don’t they admit that he succumbed to his injuries which stemmed from the attack. You can’t convince me that he would have died if the attack hadn’t happened. There should be charges brought against these evil animals. Instead, the authorities are treading very lightly. They never once mentioned the races of the boys or shown the video, and I wondered why. Who are they protecting? Now I know…the attackers are black, and the victim is white. They never mention race when the victim is white. Imaging the outrage if the races were reversed? Their races would have been front and center if it was a white-on-black bullying, and that’s not based on racism, that’s based on fact.
My eyes teared with emotion as this story unfolded, and they tear still as I type this post. My heartfelt prayers and sympathy go out to Bailey’s estranged parents, Jina Risoldi and Rob O’Neill, and to their family. He was a great kid, did well in school, excelled in sports, and he wanted to keep his nose out of trouble—a son any parent would be proud of. Bailey’s a Roman Catholic, and he was to be confirmed on March 18th, but instead, Reverend Thomas Sodano, Pastor of Saint Joseph’s Church, gave him Last Rites on Saturday, March 2, 2013—on his 12th birthday.
This story is just one of countless other stories that read like an endless loop of horrific bullying stories that for one reason or another, many end tragically, and these tragedies need to stop. This is also a hate crime, and these attacks are escalating as well. I hope this incident helps to raise awareness not only for bullying, but for hate crimes as well. Authorities need to make examples of these evil little animals so they and others will think twice before inflicting pain onto someone else. They need to learn that actions have consequences.
Bailey is with God now, and I hope justice will be served for him, and also for all those other kids who are victims of bullying and hate. May God rest your beautiful and talented soul, Bailey…
A Facebook Page page has been created in Bailey’s memory to support stopping bullying in schools.
Here’s the story…
Parents’ agony as bullied 12-year-old boy dies weeks after vicious attack by two classmates left him in a coma
- Bailey O’Neill was hospitalised with seizures after being beaten up
- Died yesterday, the day after turning 12 as family says he is ‘with God’
- Police investigate death as relatives demand ‘bullies’ are punished
- Ravens star calls for bullying to be criminalised and vows: ‘I will not let you become just another bully statistic’
By Hugo Gye
PUBLISHED: 05:07 EST, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:11 EST, 4 March 2013
A Philadelphia student who was bullied by two classmates died Sunday after the attack apparently made him suffer from seizures.
Bailey O’Neill had been in hospital in a medically induced coma for weeks as doctors battled to save his life.
But he passed away yesterday, the day after his 12th birthday, with his family paying tribute to ‘the strongest toughest boy’.
His death prompted an emotional outburst from Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, who vowed to transform the tragedy into an opportunity to do good by cracking down on bullying.
Champion: Bailey’s family have spoken of his love of baseball as they paid tribute to the fun-loving youngster
Bailey was attacked by two other boys during recess at his school in a suburb of Philadelphia in January, his family told NBC Philadelphia.
He suffered from a broken nose and a concussion, but his family started to have serious worries after his condition deteriorated over the following two weeks.
The youngster was taken to hospital in Wilmington, Delaware with dehydration and vomiting, and overnight he began to have a seizure.
Doctors induced a coma in an attempt to stop the seizures, but his condition did not improve.
Further complications ensued after Bailey fell victim to pneumonia and had to have a blood transfusion.
He turned 12 on Saturday, but the next day he finally succumbed to his various medical conditions and died.
A relative who set up a Facebook page in support of Bailey wrote yesterday: ‘I would like to thank everyone who has prayed and supported Bailey and his family!!
‘Bailey has been the strongest toughest boy I know. He has fought this battle long and hard. There just wasn’t a way to fix this.
‘I wish I could say he will get better but I can’t. Bailey has gone to be with God today.’
Family members have previously said they are keen to see the two alleged bullies forced to account for their actions.
‘I would like to see these kids punished,’ Bailey’s grandmother Joy Fecanin told NBC before her grandson’s death. ‘Something has to be done. I don’t know what’s taking them so long.’
The boys were suspended from Darby Township School for two days, but it is unclear whether or not they will face any further action.
Investigators have interviewed pupils who witnessed the fight in an attempt to discover whether the incident was responsible for Bailey’s illness and death.
His family has withdrawn his younger brother from school, fearing that he too might become a target for bullies.
In a statement issued before Bailey’s death, school superintendent Stephen Butz issued 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.’
After it was announced that the 12-year-old had died, star running back Mr Rice took to Facebook to speak of his grief and call for action on classroom bullying.
‘I don’t think I will ever be able to understand why kids bully each other and how we are all sitting here after yet another “bully death” getting ready to go through this difficult task of picking up the pieces and the even more difficult task of forgiving so we can heal,’ the 26-year-old wrote.
‘I don’t know if we will ever get to a point where bullying is actually considered a CRIME, rather than “kids being kids” or a “playground incident.”
‘I don’t know if the kid that did this to Bailey will be punished severely enough or if he will receive the help I know he truly needs. Bullying doesn’t happen for no reason… we have to figure out what the underlying cause it and treat it like the illness it is.
‘Bailey – my little buddy, I will not let you become just another bully statistic…you are my inspiration and one more angel that will help me continue the fight for kids everywhere. ‘You are going to help me save lives. RIP my little friend.’