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.
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Manager, Community Outreach and Phillies Charities
- Manager, Philadelphia Phillies
- 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.
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