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Focus on Bailey O'Neill's death

The death of an Upper Darby boy who was beaten in a schoolyard Jan. 10 has sparked renewed calls for solutions to bullying.

Focus on Bailey O'Neill's death

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Bailey O´Neill, 12, died after being removed from life support during a medically induced coma. O´Neill was punched during what family members say was a bullying incident at Darby Township School on Jan. 10, 2013. (Photo / Prayers for Bailey O´Neill Facebook page)
Bailey O'Neill, 12, died after being removed from life support during a medically induced coma. O'Neill was punched during what family members say was a bullying incident at Darby Township School on Jan. 10, 2013. (Photo / Prayers for Bailey O'Neill Facebook page)

The death of Bailey O'Neill after being punched on the schoolyard in what his family called a bullying incident has sparked renewed debate about stemming bullying incidents. An Inquirer editorial Friday takes a look at the issue:

What happened to Bailey at school is similar to what occurs over and over again at schools across the country. The National Association of School Psychologists says 160,000 students skip school every day because of bullying. One in every seven students is either a bullying victim or a bully, according to the Defeat the Label organization, which promotes a bully-free society.

How schools address bullying is the key to avoiding an incident that leaves a child with a broken nose, or worse. They can get a good lesson plan from New Jersey, which has one of the toughest anti-bullying laws in the nation.

Read more here.

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