Celebs Rally Round Nine-Year-Old Boy Who Felt Suicidal After Being Bullied For His Dwarfism
Warning: Some readers may find this article upsetting and/or distressing.
Celebrities have been taking to social media in support of a nine-year-old boy with dwarfism who begged his mum to help him kill himself after being bullied at school.
Quaden Bayles, from Brisbane, Australia, was distraught when his mum, Yarraka Bayles picked him up from school earlier this week.
Streaming her son's distress on Facebook, Yarraka explained she "didn't know what else to do" following the relentless abuse making her son's life a misery.
In the clip, which some readers may find upsetting, Quaden can be heard telling his mum: "Give me a rope, I want to kill myself."
Mum Yarraka explained: "I've just picked my son up from school, witnessed a bullying episode, rang the principal and I want people to know, parents, educators, teachers, this is what bullying does.
"Can you please educate your children, your family and friends. All it takes is just one more incident and we wonder why kids are killing themselves."
Quaden can then be heard saying: "I just want to stab myself in the heart... I want someone to kill me."
Yarraka explained her son is suicidal "nearly every day" after the endless bullying both in school and in public.
The video has since gone viral and in response, celebrities have been flocking to support Quaden, posting their own videos on their social media channels. Incredibly, over £110,000 has also been raised in support of the nine-year-old.
Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman was one of the first, posting a video on Twitter.
"Quaden, you are stronger than you know mate, and no matter what, you've got a friend in me," he said.
"So, everyone lets please be kind to each other, bullying is not OK.
"Life is hard enough, so let's remember, every person in front of us is facing some kind of battle, so let's just be kind."
Meanwhile, Star Wars' Mark Hamill commented on the video: "The cruelty is as astonishing as it is heartbreaking."
Fellow actor, Jeffrey Dean Morgan posted a video to his Twitter account, explaining he also has a nine-year-old child.
"My man, I don't know your name, I don't know your mum's name but I saw your video, what I want you to know is you have friends, me included, I am your buddy," he said.
"You haven't met me yet, but we'll see if we can change that for one, maybe your mum can DM me, you have a bunch of friends out here, out in the world that you haven't met yet. We're here and we've got your back and you need to know that, it'll get better.
"As a dad of a nine-year-old kids can be horrible and that's because their parents aren't doing their job. It's going to get better. I promise it will. You hang in there, alright? DM me."
Quaden has also had an invite from the All Stars Australian rugby team inviting him to walk with them onto the pitch on Saturday.
"We want you around, we want you to lead us down on the weekend. It's going to mean more to us than it will to you, bud," Latrell Mitchell said in a video.
"Just make sure you're looking after yourself and hopefully we get to see you in the next couple of days."
Incredibly, just days after the video was streamed on Facebook, US comedian Brad Williams - who also has dwarfism - set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Quaden to go to Disneyland.
At present, almost $218,000 (AUD) - approximately £110,000 - has been raised for the young boy.
"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 page reads.
"Let's show Quaden and others, that there is good in the world and they are worthy of it. I have been in touch directly with Quaden's mother. So I will have their information to book the flights.
"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.
"After all the flights, hotel, tickets, and food is paid for, any excess money will be donated to anti-bullying/anti-abuse charities."
Quaden's mum has warned this is the *only* legitimate fundraising page after she was made aware some sick scammers had been setting up fakes.
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Featured Image Credit: Yarraka Bayles/Instagram/Facebook