A suburban Philadelphia sixth-grader was pulled off life support Sunday, a day after his 12th birthday and almost two months since he was punched in the face in a perceived bullying attack at school.
Southeast Delco School District officials confirmed that Bailey O’Neill, who had been in the hospital in a medically induced coma, has died.
“Our school community is deeply saddened by this loss,” schools Superintendent Stephen Butz said in a statement Monday. “Our condolences are with Bailey’s family and friends during this very difficult time.”
Upper Darby schools serve an increasingly diverse population: 41% of students are White, 42% are African American, 13% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% are Hispanic and 1% are other. In 2010, there are 877 Limited English Proficient (LEP) students speaking over 70 languages, including Punjabi, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Albanian, Greek, and Urdu. Over 350 students also meet the state criteria for immigrant status. In addition, the district annually educates more than 380 students who have refugee status and/or limited formal schooling. In the past seven years, the percentage of students who meet the low-income status set by the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program has risen from 23% to almost 50%.