Philadelphia Phillies: Dedicate a home game in memory of Bailey O'Neill to help stop bullying
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Manager, Community Outreach and Phillies Charities
Sophie Riegel
Manager, Philadelphia Phillies
Charlie Manuel
President, Philadelphia Phillies
David Montgomery

Philadelphia Phillies: Dedicate a home game in memory of Bailey O'Neill to help stop bullying

    1. Robert Oneill
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      Robert Oneill

At just twelve years old, my son Bailey was killed by bullying. Bailey was an honor student, a Phillies fan, and a loving brother. This January, two boys in his elementary school attacked him, punching him so hard he fractured his nose and hit his head on the ground. But even while Bailey was being attacked, he refused to resort to violence and never fought back. Just days after the attack, Bailey began having violent seizures and doctors were forced to put him into a medically-induced coma and on life support. He passed away on March 3rd, one day after his 12th birthday.

Bailey touched so many lives and had so much potential. He was a great older brother to his sister and brother and he loved baseball and skateboarding. He even scored the highest math grade in his elementary school class. I miss playing catch with him or just sitting on the couch together and watching a Philadelphia Phillies game. I won’t hear him say “Daddy” ever again and our family can’t watch him grow up to achieve his dreams. It is a tragedy for us all to see such a beautiful life cut short.

I'm devastated that bullying cut my son's life short - but I know that if enough people take a stand, Bailey's story can help inspire people to stop bullying in their communities. That's why, even though he won't be there to see it, I'm asking the Philadelphia Phillies, his favorite team, to dedicate a home game to Bailey and speak out against bullying. You can help us stop this from happening to other children. 

Please join me in asking Bailey's favorite team, the Philadelphia Phillies, to dedicate a home game to his memory. We should all come together to stop bullying in our communities and to honor Bailey's steadfast courage.

To:
Philadelphia Phillies
Sophie Riegel, Manager, Community Outreach and Phillies Charities
Charlie Manuel, Manager, Philadelphia Phillies
David Montgomery, President, Philadelphia Phillies
Please dedicate a home game in memory of Bailey O'Neill to not only remember Bailey's wonderful life but to also help raise awareness about the harms of bullying. The Phillies were Bailey's favorite baseball team.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Gwen McCollum SUFFOLK, VA
      • 7 months ago

      Because bullying is a cowardly act, and bullies perform when they are in a crowd- its time to neutralize this type of behavior before more innocent lives are taken through suicide.

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    • A PITT COLUMBIA, SC
      • 8 months ago

      To Whom It May Concern,

      I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she encountered numerous difficulties which I believe were entirely due to being mistreated by her senior leadership. When SPC Pitt arrived at 225 BSB she had a medical situation that required attention prior to her deployment to Iraq. When she voiced her concerns to 1LT Riglick not only were her concerns dismissed but her private health information was erroneously released to multiple parties. SPC Pitt filed a complaint for the HIPPA violation against the offending party, 1LT Riglick. A few months later 1LT Riglick was assigned to C.Co as our Platoon Leader. This is undoubtedly the situation that caused SPC Pitt to be labeled as a problem soldier by C.Co leadership. SPC Pitt was not protected from reprisal and was treated badly for the duration of her time with C.Co 225 BSB.

      The result of filing her HIPPA complaint against 1LT Riglick was having a stigma placed on her by the very leadership that was supposed to be protecting her. She endured rumors, attacks on her character, and even attempts at discrediting her intellectual capacities. She was even accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple senior Non-Commissioned Officers by our Platoon Leader 1LT Riglick. SPC Pitt continuously sought only to do her job as a mental health specialist and as her first line supervisor I pushed for her to be moved from the company to the Troop Medical Clinic. When SPC Pitt was sent to the Troop Medical Clinic to preform her duties as a mental health specialist C.Co leadership made sure to let the incoming social worker know what their impression of her was. SPC Pitt then worked with Major Ball, who had already been told she was a problem soldier, and was subsequently treated horribly to include having to undergo a mental health evaluation without provocation.

      SPC Pitt requested on numerous occasions to be moved from C.Co 225 BSB to another company, battalion, or division to get out from underneath the stigma placed on her. These requests were heard by our Company Commander, 1SG, Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, and even Division Command team but nothing was done. Instead of helping the soldier 1LT Riglick and Major Ball ordered me to counsel her for their perceived insubordination. When I disagreed with these orders it was made clear that my military career was also in jeopardy. I was ordered by 1LT Riglick to counsel SPC Pitt for not properly using her chain of command to which, I informed the command that she had done exactly what procedures are outlined. The result of my not counseling her for this was to have my MEDPROS status changed to non-deployable by 1LT Riglick. This retaliation against me for defending SPC Pitt would have ended my career if I had not already been found deployable and fit for duty by the Medical Review Board in 2008.

      Despite her outburst which finally concluded her time in C.Co I would still recommend that she be retained by the United States Army. SPC Pitt endured being mistreated for months and still maintained a positive attitude. Her intellectual prowess combined with her willingness to work make her a viable asset. I believe that if SPC Pitt had been able to move to another command away from the toxic leadership of C.Co 225 BSB her military career would have flourished.

      SGT David Trapolsi

      I am contacting you to receive your assistance in eradicating US Army toxic leaders. I need your assistance in educating all commanders and SJA's, Judges about this matter. Many leaders hide or destroy the fact they were abusive towards a soldier and just have them court martialed. Many soldiers that are court martialed requested assistance via IG and other leaders but it was not received. My case is currently in the appeals process; however I need your support in having my case re-heard or complelty dismissed.

      I've started the petition "Barack Obama and Aaron Schock and U.S. Senate: Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership" and need your help to get it off the ground. Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/barack-obama-and-aaron-schock-and-u-s-senate-eradicate-us-army-toxic-leadership

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    • brandon walton ROCKY POINT, NC
      • 8 months ago

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    • Shelby Clark WATHA, NC
      • 8 months ago

      I was bullied and I should have reported like he should've. But kids need to speak up so this doesn't happen!

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    • Eric B GILLETTE, WY
      • 10 months ago

      Struck a nerve that I thought I didn't have.

      Thank You.. If they don't dedicate a game for Bailey there is something wrong with the hero's that most of us looked up to when we kids..

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