Quaden Bayles broke the hearts of millions of people last month when he was filmed saying he wanted to kill himself as a result of relentless bullying.
The youngster quickly went viral, with people from all over the world sending him their love and support.
But despite all the love he received, there was also a lot of hate, with many claiming that Quaden was actually an eighteen-year-old, not a young and innocent child.
And now, Quaden has addressed the deceitful rumors with solid evidence of his real age. Keep scrolling to see his video for yourself…
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.
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.”
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.
“We try to be as strong as positive as possible and only share the highlights… but this is how bullying affects a […] kid.”
“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.”
“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.”
His distraught mom recalled that the first time he tried to kill himself.
It’s heartbreaking to think of anyone suffering like this, never mind a child.
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.
The video has since been viewed over eighteen million times, and the surge of support has been overwhelming for the family.
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.
And many celebrities and sports stars alike have been amongst those offering their support.
And incredibly, invited Quaden to walk them onto the pitch at one of their upcoming games.
Comedian, Brad Williams, who suffers from dwarfism himself, got wind of the heartbreaking story and decided to do something about it.
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.”
And is close to reaching a staggering $500,000.
At the time of writing, the number stands at $460,855 from over 20,000 donors.
The generosity is astounding.
The video is increasing in views by the minute, and Australia’s National Treasure Hugh Jackman has spoken out about it.
“Quaden – You are stronger than you know,” the X-Men star told him in the video, “And no matter what, you’ve got a friend in me.”
“Everyone, let’s please be kind to each other. Bullying is not okay, period. Life is hard enough. Let’s just remember: every person in front of us is facing some kind of battle, so let’s just be kind.”
But they are also empowering, and they are showing Quaden that he isn’t alone and he has a strong support group around him.
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.
“If you get bullied, just stand up for yourself and don’t listen to what they say. The parents should make their kids be nice to people with disabilities.”
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.
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.
Because we certainly don’t! And it does pose the question as to whether Quaden is as young as his family has made out.
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.
“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.”
Which slammed anyone for questioning his age in the first place.
Just because it’s trending on Twitter doesn’t mean it’s real.
Quaden’s mother posted that he was sixteen days old back in 2010.
And then there was this…
A television appearance of the pair when Quaden was 4 showed him playing with toys… and we must say, he was clearly just a small child.
Well, it had been cropped to remove the sparkling apple soda that Quaden was actually drinking.
Many people online are still not convinced of Quaden’s authenticity, forcing the youngster to have to address the trolls himself.
The trolls have been relentless in their mission to catch Quaden out.
Clearly, they have nothing else better to do with their time.
Quaden has been forced to provide solid evidence of his age.
On Quaden’s (supposed) Instagram account, a video was posted that showed the youngster flashing his passport.
And Quaden can be seen clutching onto his passport.
Quaden’s date of birth – 13th December 2010.
He even flashed a look at the passport photo, just to prove that it is indeed his own.
The youngster has proven his age (not that he ever should have had to), and he has certainly gone through enough hardship to last him a lifetime.
And let’s just hope that Quaden can enjoy his life in peace.