This week, heartwrenching footage of a little boy driven to the brink of suicide from relentless bullying went viral, thus shattering the hearts of millions of people all over the world.
The 9-year-old, 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 the youngster, from members of the public and celebrities alike. But it seems trolls still can’t help themselves. Now, his sister has been forced to speak out…
Keep scrolling to see what she had to say.
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 9-year-old 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 nine-year-old 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 was when he was only 6-years-old.
Children should not be thinking about such a scary concept at such a young age.
“I was so shocked. I honestly didn’t think he would even know what or how at six years old. I’ve explained to him that once you go, there’s no coming back, you’re gone forever, but he still kept trying.”
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 their game this Saturday.
Comedian, Brad Williams, who suffers from dwarfism himself, got wind of the heartbreaking story and decided to do something about it.
And, clearly moved by Quaden’s anguish, the comedian decided to set up a Go Fund Me page for the youngster.
It’s the least he deserves.
Writing on the Go Fund Me page, 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.”
“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.”
They will be donated directly to anti-bullying and anti-abuse charities.
It is standing as a reminder to all other children 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.”
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.
The generosity is astounding…
Lexi Kauffman is promoting the End Bullying hashtag!
The Olympic athlete sends his love to Quaden.
With lots of reporters sharing their support for this little boy.
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.”
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who is known for his role in The Walking Dead, said in his video, “What I want you to know is that you have friends — me included. I am your buddy… You haven’t met me yet, but we’ll see if we can change that. Maybe your mom can DM me.”
But they are also empowering, and they are showing Quaden that he isn’t alone and he has a strong support group around him.
Despite the heartbreaking video, some people have continued to bully Quaden.
Twenty-year-old Guyala made headlines long before Quaden went viral, for her modeling and work as an Aboriginal activist.
After seeing the bullying her brother is still suffering…
She has spoken out in support of Quaden, taking to Instagram to hit back at the trolls.
And she showed she’s well and truly sick of the bullies targeting her younger brother.
She uploaded this snap.
“I say F**K the bullies and the haters! You’re the coolest, smartest, strongest and the sweetest kid I know! You’re not alone and we’re all here for you my bruh,” she wrote.
Please watch this video with caution – It’s an incredibly distressing watch.