Philadelphia Phillies to Dedicate Home Game to 12-Year-Old Bailey O'Neil -- Victim of Bullying Who Passed Away in March

By Dan Parzych
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Unfortunately, bullying continues to be a problem in this country of ours and 12-year-old Bailey O’Neil from Delaware County, Pennsylvania was one of the latest victims as he passed away on March 3 due to a fight that took place in January. Bailey was the victim of being attacked by a bully on January 10 after he was punched in the face and hit in the head while on the ground–which apparently led to seizures shortly after the incident that would force doctors to put him in a medically-induced coma.

Bailey was always known as a die-hard Philadelphia Phillies fan–so much that he was even buried in his Ryan Howard jersey. So when the Phillies heard about Bailey’s story and how he was buried wearing his No. 6 jersey–they knew how important it was to honor the family.

The organization plans on honoring Bailey’s family during a home game on May 29 with the hope it will send a message to the Philadelphia area about bullying and how it needs to come to an end. Over the years, this country–including the Philadelphia area–has seen too many devastating stories about children being the victims of bullying and no family should ever have to go through the type of pain Bailey’s family is experiencing at the moment because of this tragic incident.

This is one of those stories that is difficult to hear, but give the Phillies organization all of the credit in the world for honoring one of their beloved fans by dedicating their home game on May 29 in his honor. Hopefully, Bailey’s story will help get the message across about bullying and how something needs to be done to prevent these kind of incidents in the future.

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