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February 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Bullying Attack Leaves 11-Year-Old in Coma

By Ben Waldron

Feb 7, 2013 4:32pm

A Pennsylvania boy is currently in a medically induced coma after a schoolyard fight with classmates who he and his family claims were bullying him.

Sixth-grader Bailly O’Neil, an honors student, of Darby Township, Pa., was involved in a fight four weeks ago at the Darby Township School. He was struck several times in the face by another student; the blow fractured his nose and he fell to the ground.

His parents brought their son, who had a concussion, to the A.I. DuPont hospital in Wilmington, Del., where he was treated and released. But his father saw that something wasn’t quite right with their son when they returned home.

“He was sleeping.  He was moody.  He wasn’t himself. He was angry a little bit.  He wasn’t really eating,” Bailey’s father Rob told ABC Affiliate WPVI-TV.

Just a few days later, Bailey started having violent seizures and needed to be hospitalized again.  The seizures were so bad that doctors at A.I. DuPont were forced to put Bailey in a medically induced coma nearly two weeks ago.

When contacted, A.I. DuPont Hospital was unable to provide an update to ABC News on Bailey’s current condition because of privacy laws.  His father is trying his best to cope.

“Every day I’m trying to stay strong for him,” he 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 the school has turned the investigation over to local police and is cooperating fully with their efforts.

“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 Bailey’s father, the boy who struck his son was suspended for two days following the incident, but police have not filed any criminal charges in the case.



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Authorities are investigating an incident that occurred Jan. 10 in the schoolyard at Darby Township School involving a sixth-grade student who is entering a third week today in what his maternal grandmother described as a medically induced coma.

Family members of 11-year-old Bailey O’Neill blame “two bullies” for his injuries, which grandmother Joy Fecanin said include a broken nose, a concussion and ultimately, uncontrollable seizures. Though allegations of bullying are part of an ongoing investigation by Darby Township police and county juvenile authorities, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan declined speculation Thursday night.

“We are reviewing the bullying issue to determine if it did occur, or if it was a fight in the schoolyard,” said Whelan, who was attending a conference this week in Pittsburgh.

Whelan said investigators also “will be looking at medical records” to determine causation of Bailey’s current medical condition.

“The doctors say it is a result of a blow to the head,” Fecanin said during an emotional interview Thursday evening at her Darby Borough home.

Pictures of Bailey, the first-born grandchild, adorn the walls, tables and shelves. An honor student who would always walk his 8-year-old brother to their home in Darby Township from school, Fecanin said, “He is such a good kid. He didn’t bother anyone.”

Southeast Delco School District Superintendent Stephen D. Butz said Thursday the district is aware of the incident and had requested that Darby Township police assist in an investigation.

“We are aware of a sixth-grade student who has been hospitalized. We are aware of an incident with another student that took place at Darby Township School prior to this hospitalization,” Butz said in a prepared statement. “We are very concerned about the medical condition of this student. And our thoughts and prayers are with him.”

Darby Township Deputy Police Chief Brian Patterson said their investigation began Jan. 10, the same day as the incident.

“We were notified a couple hours after the incident, which occurred in the morning,” Patterson said.

According to Fecanin, two 11-year-old students “jumped” her grandson during lunch recess three or four weeks ago, as schoolmates gathered around them in a circle and watched. Fecanin was told by Bailey’s mother that there is a video of the incident, which Fecanin indicated shows school security and a teacher running outside to break up the commotion.

“I am very frustrated because these two kids are walking the halls and my grandson is immobile and getting worse,” Fecanin said. “We don’t know what is going to happen to him.”

According to Patterson, the incident in question was “a one-on-one altercation,” information he said was based on numerous statements by students and adult witnesses.

Afterward, Fecanin said her grandson returned to class and “sat there for the rest of the day with a broken nose. They never even called his mother,” she said.

Bailey then walked home from school as usual, only to be greeted by his mother who, according to Fecanin, was aghast at what she saw,and took Bailey to a hospital. Fecanin could not recall which hospital.

“They referred her to an ear, nose and throat specialist for Bailey,” Fecanin said.

According to Fecanin, Bailey returned to school for about a week. But when he started getting headaches, his mom took him back to the hospital. He was diagnosed with a concussion, she said.

When another week went by and Bailey was fatigued and vomiting, his mom took him to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., where he was kept overnight to treat dehydration.

“Overnight he had a seizure,” which continued and became uncontrollable, Fecanin said.

On Thursday, which marked two weeks since duPont doctors placed him into a coma, Bailey was transferred to another hospital, which family declined to disclose to avoid media scrutiny.

“They couldn’t do anything more for him at duPont,” Fecanin said, her eyes filling with tears.

Bailey’s mother, Jina Risolo, stepfather, Rich Risolo, and father, Rob O’Neill, are keeping a bedside vigil at the hospital, according to Fecanin. Through her mother, Jina Risolo declined comment.

Though Bailey’s aunt, 15-year-old Michelle Fecanin, hasn’t been permitted to visit him in the hospital, he’s all that is on her mind. A 10th-grade student at Penn Wood High School, she said bullying is a pervasive problem in and out of schools, and it can happen for myriad reasons, like appearance, personal interests and grades.

“Kids are so violent. People say it’s because of TV and video games. I think most of the violence is coming from TV, video games and music,” she said. “It’s just stupid. What do they get out of it.”

According to Michelle Fecanin, Bailey is not the fighting type.

“He doesn’t even like to stand up to his younger brother,” she said.

Joy Fecanin’s eyes teared again as she asked for continued prayers for her grandson, as well as his family, especially her daughter, Jina.

“When you send your kid to school, you expect him to be safe, you expect your kid to be OK,” Fecanin said.

All Joy Fecanin wants to know is that she will soon be able to tell her grandson that she loves him, that she’s going to kiss him and that he will respond out of typical preteen embarrassment, “Stop that mom-mom,” just like before.

Replies

  • LauraKW
    by LauraKW
    February 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM
    Anyone know what is actually wrong with the child?
  • maciymommieof3
    February 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    this story just makes me cry :(

  • maciymommieof3
    February 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    they say he went to hospital and was released w/ a broken nose and concussion....but then at home he started having uncontrollable seizures.

    Quoting LauraKW:

    Anyone know what is actually wrong with the child?


  • Sekirei
    by Sekirei
    February 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Not cool

    I would be pressing charges... against the kids and the school

  • LauraKW
    by LauraKW
    February 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM
    I'm not a dr but I didn't think concussions usually caused violent seizures. Is his brain swelling or something?

    Quoting maciymommieof3:

    they say he went to hospital and was released w/ a broken nose and concussion....but then at home he started having uncontrollable seizures.

    Quoting LauraKW:

    Anyone know what is actually wrong with the child?


  • maciymommieof3
    February 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    not sure... I don't know if they released that info yet.

    Quoting LauraKW:

    I'm not a dr but I didn't think concussions usually caused violent seizures. Is his brain swelling or something?

    Quoting maciymommieof3:

    they say he went to hospital and was released w/ a broken nose and concussion....but then at home he started having uncontrollable seizures.

    Quoting LauraKW:

    Anyone know what is actually wrong with the child?



  • turtle68
    February 9, 2013 at 7:14 PM

     Geez that is so sad....thoughts go out to the little boy.

    Death can be caused by one simple blow...not even a hard one.  Hit in the right place on the right type of person and then theyre gone.  Adults dont even know this let alone stupid little kids :-(

  • StarburstKisses
    February 10, 2013 at 5:50 AM


    When there are complications which sometimes occur after having a concussion, those are the signs they look for. They ask you to return if anything starts popping up and as they said he has a concussion, leads me to believe he could have brain trauma or something along the lines. Granted, I'm not doctor, etc. I have however had a concussion, a serious one that nearly put me into accoma anddoctors said a miracle I didn't actually fully sucome and go into it. Now with this kid, all the symptoms, etc. like I said are things they tell you to watch out for that means he needs to go back to the E.R. right away as something is wrong.

    Quoting LauraKW:

    I'm not a dr but I didn't think concussions usually caused violent seizures. Is his brain swelling or something?

    Quoting maciymommieof3:

    they say he went to hospital and was released w/ a broken nose and concussion....but then at home he started having uncontrollable seizures.

    Quoting LauraKW:

    Anyone know what is actually wrong with the child?




  • StarburstKisses
    February 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    I hope the family of that little boy call all their news staitons, report on the school as well because I think they're handling it very poorly. 2 freaking days?! I mean come on! Those little boys who attacked their son need to be pressed with charges and hold them to the law. Make sure that they're charged with something and that it's on a record. I'm totally against anyone sticking up for a little thug, no matter the age, and defending them soly on that. No matter which way you shave it, those kids made a wrong - a very bad wrong, one that has seriously affected another person's life. What do they get? A slap on the wrist. That's what's wrong here with America today with kids. They think they can get away with things because people will use their age as an excuse to not do anything. I've seen it time and time again. I hope the little boy gets better soon and can return home. I hope the other two thugs who jumped him get prosecuted, fined, etc. Do something to them, not just a slap on the wrist. Put it in a record, a permanent one, not something that will be sealed when they turn 18 or whatever. People need to know, if you fuck up - you fuck up. Yeah you can say, "well this was just a school beating - happens everyday...etc." Well, guess what? This little kid is in acoma. School fightings do happen, but when it's two against one which is wrong more-so, bullying, and every other degree to this...make a freaking stand and show people what your, "zero tolerance" means. No matter the age, gender, race, etc. You're being punished. Don't let the thugs walk acting all bad ass becuase you know that's what they're doing right now. Make them know that if they do it again, they have a history and that they'll get prosecuted more. If they're like this now, they're going to get worse. (Usually) and if they do, you want them to have that record. Especially if they do it again, so you can say "back in ______ there was this incident where this happened", etc. otherwise you'll try to do it and be asked, "well why didn't you press charges then? why not then but now?". If these kids spiral out of control and escalate when they're older, put their ass's in jail. I'm not joking. Like I've said, I have seen one too many kids walk because my mom felt too bad for them, etc. You put a kid in a hospital, you get charges. End of story. The school isn't handling it well at all either. Anyways, best wishes to the family and the little boy. May he have a speedy and healthy full recovery. May the other two brats get charged.

  • JP-StrongForTwo
    February 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM


    Quote:

     bullying issue to determine if it did occur, or if it was a fight in the schoolyard,

    this made me go "WHAT" 

    they are the same damn thing IMO!!!!