Bullied boy dies a day after turning 12

In a suburban Philadelphia school district, a bullied boy dies after being taken off life support. The bullied boy had been in an induced coma for more than a month. 

Mary Knox Merrill / Christian Science Monitor
Bullied boy dies: A suburban Philadelphia boy died March 3 from injuries sustained during a fight in January. Here, a student from Quashnet School in Mashpee, Mass. puts her hand on an anti-bullying poster during the school's "No Name Calling Week," 2010.

A suburban Philadelphia school district is making extra counselors available to students a day after a sixth-grader was taken off life support following injuries suffered in a fight.

Family members say Bailey O'Neill died Sunday morning, a day after he turned 12. The sixth-grader suffered a concussion, broken nose, and other injuries in a fight at Darby Township School on Jan. 10. Doctors later put him in a medically induced coma after he began having seizures.

Southeast Delco School District Superintendent Stephen D. Butz says the school sends its condolences to the boy's friends and family. He says additional counselors are being made available for students and staff.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan has been investigating what happened. Messages left for Mr. Whelan and the boy's family weren't immediately returned.

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