Father wants Phils game dedicated to son to help stop bullying

By Amy Cherry 5:12pm, April 9, 2013 - Updated 5:30am, April 10, 2013
Bailey O'Neill poses with his father Robert O'Neill.
Bailey O'Neill was a sixth grade honor student, all-star little league player, and a huge Phillies fan, whose life was taken too soon.

His parents say he was killed in a violent bullying incident at Darby Township School in January.

"It's not like it used to be 10, 15 years ago. Now it's gone to such an extent where children are getting hurt, and people really need to focus in on it a lot more," says O'Neill.

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That's Bailey's father, Robert O'Neill, who's now spearheading an effort to get the Phillies to dedicate a home game to Bailey.

He looks back and says some of his fondest moments were watching the Phillies games with his son.

"He was a huge Ryan Howard fan, and it was just exciting, sitting there watching the game with him and watching him learn about the Phillies. It was just a pleasure to watch the game with an 11-year-old boy who knew a lot about the game," says O'Neill.

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O'Neill says his son would be ecstatic.

"He would be so happy looking down on that game. It would be the best game in the world for him," says O'Neill.

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O'Neill tells WDEL, if the game is dedicated to his son, he wouldn't miss it for the world.

He's also asking you to stand up to bullies--so something like this doesn't happen to another child.

"It's important for children to not be afraid to speak out. If you don't report it, then it's not called bullying. If you see another child being bullied, you need to speak up, and actually report for support," he says.

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So far, the petition has more than 11,000 signatures. You can sign it by
clicking here.

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