Last week, heartwrenching footage of a boy driven to the brink of suicide from relentless bullying went viral, thus shattering the hearts of millions of people all over the world.
Quaden, who suffers from dwarfism, has been viciously bullied all his life, which has eventually pushed him to breaking point.
There has been an outpour of love and support for Quaden, from members of the public and celebrities alike, but of course, trolls are still out there teasing him and his situation.
Now, Quaden has now finally revealed his true age...
Quaden's mom has taken a stand against bullies.Yarraka Bayles, from Brisbane, Australia, recently posted a video where she showed the aftermath of a bullying incident that took place at her son's school.
She shared the post warning other people against the dangers of bullying.In the six-minute clip, you can see Quaden, her son 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.In 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.
His heartbroken mom says this:"We try to be as strong as positive as possible and only share the highlights... but this is how bullying affects a [...] kid."
She continues..."I just picked my son up from school, witnessed a bullying episode, rang the principal and I want people to know this is the effect bullying has. This is what bullying does. So can you please educate your children, your families, your friends because all it takes is one more instance... and you wonder why kids are killing themselves."
She also pleaded for help as her voice quivered..."So is there any advice or support or anything that other parents have done? I've got some good advice but I need more, I want people to know how much it is hurting us as a family."
She mentioned that this isn't the first time Quaden has talked about suicide.His distraught mom recalled that the first time he tried to kill himself. It's heartbreaking to think of anyone suffering like this.
Quaden has been through many life-changing events...He was deeply affected by the death of his grandfather and his little brother, who was stillborn. His mother revealed that he thinks he would be better off with them in heaven.
This heartbreaking story has really raised some important questions...The video has since been viewed over eighteen million times, and the surge of support has been overwhelming for the family.
However, this does not take away Quaden's pain...His mother is out for answers. As she continues being an activist for these kinds of issues, she plans on raising more awareness for other people, especially children who have dwarfism.
The response to her post has been huge.And many celebrities and sports stars alike have been amongst those offering their support.
The Indigenous All Stars NRL team reached out to the family...And incredibly, invited Quaden to walk them onto the pitch at their game this Saturday.
And that isn't all...Comedian, Brad Williams, who suffers from dwarfism himself, got wind of the heartbreaking story and decided to do something about it.
He wants to give Quaden an unforgettable experience...It's the least he deserves. Writing 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."
He wants to send him to Disney Land..."I want to fly Quaden and his mother to America, get them a nice hotel, and bring them to Disneyland... Let's show Quaden and others that there is good in the world and they are worthy of it." "Funds raised will be spent on two airplane tickets for Quaden and his mother from Australia to Los Angeles. As well as providing a hotel, food, and tickets to Disneyland Park in Anaheim for multiple days."
As for any excess funds?They will be donated directly to anti-bullying and anti-abuse charities.
And his kind gesture isn't only for Quaden...It is standing as a reminder to all people who are different that there is good in the world. "This isn't just for Quaden, this is for anyone who has been bullied in their lives and told they weren't good enough."
The petition has surpassed its original goal of $10,000...And is close to reaching a staggering $100,000. At the time of writing, the number stands at $194, 986 from over 8,000 donors.
Tributes from celebs all over the world have been 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's story has gathered a lot of news attention too...
We stand with Quaden. #stopbullying ☘️💪 https://t.co/ZGxUdDkwcs— Matt Logue (@Matt Logue)1582181884.0
The kindness didn't stop there...The video is increasing in views by the minute, and Australia's National Treasure Hugh Jackman has spoken out about it.
Hugh posted an emotional video on Twitter...
Quaden - you’ve got a friend in me. #BeKind @LokelaniHiga https://t.co/8dr3j2z8Sy https://t.co/jyqtZYC953— Hugh Jackman (@Hugh Jackman)1582221132.0
These selfless acts of kindness are not only heartwarming...But they are also empowering, and they are showing Quaden that he isn't alone and he has a strong support group around him.
And last week, Quaden finally spoke out with some advice...Quaden wanted to give some helpful advice to anyone else who might be sharing the same experiences as he did when the video was taken.
This is what he said...
But amongst the love, there's been a sick rumor spreading around the internet...For some reason, people on the internet began spreading a sick rumor that Quaden was actually a rich and famous eighteen-year-old, who was just doing this for even more fame and money.
People think his mom is in on it...They think they're both trying to exploit the kind hearts of the public - and last night 'He's 18' even became the most top trending search on Twitter, along with some suspicious photographs of the youngster wearing designer clothes and posing with wads of cash... which are questionable, we must say.
Does anybody know of a 9-year-old to be kitted out head-to-toe in Gucci?
People claimed they had proof he is eighteen...And that proof is a picture of Quaden standing in front of a large "18" decoration. But Quaden's mom spoke out saying the 18th decoration was for Quaden's older brother... Obviously.
She wrote online..."My boy recently turned eighteen and my other children are in this pic, so now we know where people have gotten the idea that Quaden Bayles is eighteen WHEN HE IS 9 YRS OLD SAME AGE AS MY SON. Get ur facts right before making your opinions public."
She shared another woman's post too...This post read: "Ima say this once and that's that.. I've know about Quaden since before this shit blew up. Yes, he's 9! Dwarfism is not a joke, is he a model or actor? Shit, so are a lot of kids... That doesn't mean shit! All the money in the world cant change a disability or the pain that comes from it. Not to mention the health struggles and pain that comes from such.. I know this!! His mother made the post because she was overwhelmed and enraged with the bullying. I understand her to the fullest. A lot of y'alls "average" kids get bullied too, so you've been there.. She did not expect it to blow up the way it did. Never did she ask for money... That being said, another Fellow Little Person did reach out to them, which is a famous comedian. He wanted to turn Quadens frown upside down and created the Gofund me account to take the Australian boy to Disneyland. Now that was his doing. That came from his heart... Never did they say they were broke. Never did they ask for this shit. There are indeed scammers who have tried to take advantage of the situation and have made other go fund me accounts and make up bullshit like this is a scam, just for the fucking likes and bullshit, but I'm vouching for the kid. If ignorance blinds yall from the real issue than that's a damm shame!"
Don't believe rumors on the Internet...
@RealJamesWoods Quayden is getting some serious support now from the gofundme, Aussie Indigenous Rugby, and the Bos… https://t.co/2wZsznIKmt— Pileated Guy (@Pileated Guy)1582265385.0