It comes as no surprise that young Quaden Bayles is officially "the most Googled kid" of 2020 in Australia.
Read on to learn his heartbreaking story...
Earlier this year, the entire world was captivated by the story of Quaden Bayles.
via: GettyPretty much everyone on the internet saw the heartbreaking video of the young Australian boy in hysterics after being relentlessly bullied at school.
His story first went viral back in February.
via: FacebookQuaden's mom, Yarraka Bayles, was the one who posted the video to warn others of the dangers of bullying and how badly it can affect young children. In the 6-minute clip, you can see 9-year-old Quaden, who has dwarfism, crying and talking about his school experiences, saying he's considered "the dumbest kid in class."
At one point, he even tells his mother that he wants to kill himself.
via: FacebookIn the distressing video, he says: "Give me a rope, I want to kill myself" and 'I just want to stab myself in the heart... I want someone to kill me." Apparently, other children have been calling him "midget" and tapping his head and pointing out his differences.
This heartbreaking story raised some very important questions.
via: FacebookThe video has since been viewed over twenty million times, and the surge of support was truly overwhelming for the family in the months following.
The response to her post was huge...
Quaden Bayles is absolutely amazing, so proud of him.— ☽ t a l ☾ (@☽ t a l ☾)1603707670.0
The Indigenous All Stars NRL team reached out to the family...
@sandersteelman4 @laylow_gee @invaderfinn @mirajslut Sad because he’s been subjected to continuous bullying ever si… https://t.co/kJP22FYECD— rebecca hill (@rebecca hill)1607405774.0
And that wasn't all...
via: GettyComedian, Brad Williams, who suffers from dwarfism himself, got wind of the heartbreaking story and decided to do something about it.
He wanted to send Quaden and his family to Disney Land.
via: GettyWriting on the Go Fund Me page that he created, Williams explained... "I'm setting up this GoFundMe to let Quaden know that bullying will not be tolerated and that he is a wonderful human being who deserves joy."
Tributes from celebs all over the world also began pouring in.
I just wanted to share an update on Quaden Bayles. I just spoke to his amazing mom, Yarraka, over the phone. She ha… https://t.co/VKLYsJ4cTr— Chatri Sityodtong (@Chatri Sityodtong)1582281699.0
Quaden very quickly became a social media force...
This is what he said in his first interview...
But, despite all the love, a sick rumor started to spread around the internet.
People thought his mom was in on it...And many believed that the family was trying to exploit the kind hearts of the public, especially when photos of young Quaden posing in designer clothes and with wads of cash were found.
Does anybody know of a 9-year-old to pose like this?
But Quaden's family were quick to put the rumors to rest.
via: InstagramOn Quaden's (supposed) Instagram account, a video was posted that showed the youngster flashing his passport.
And there you have it...
via: InstagramQuaden's date of birth - December 13th, 2010.
Yep, that makes him almost ten years old.
Over the summer, the heat certainly cooled on the Bayles family...And they have been keeping things fairly low-key on social media during the pandemic.
And, even though Quaden and his family now have a global fan base...
Yarraka spoke publicly to the Disability Royal Commission in October...
via: FacebookWhere she explained how Quaden and her family are still the targets of vicious trolls online.
She stated that they still receive hateful messages "still to this day, every day."
via: FacebookShe then stated that there are still people online out who "think it’s their business to make comments... lots of death threats... physical harm against my children, my granddaughter."
The mom was simply desperate for support.
via: Facebook"I honestly feel like it took for a viral video for us to be able to get the support we need. It just felt like there was not enough being done, so I just stopped complaining," Yarraka said. "I felt like I was being more of a burden or, you know, they’re looking at us like we’re a couple of sooks, and we should just get on with it, and not complain, or report any of these incidents."