An Australian woman on Wednesday shared a heartbreaking video of her young son Quaden Bayles, born with dwarfism, begging to die because he couldn’t take any more bullying at school.
The mother posted a video of a distraught Quaden on Facebook right after picking him from school.
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The 9-year-old was sobbing as he sat his mom’s car, saying he wanted to “die right now.” He even asked for a rope or a knife to do it.
“I want to die right now. I want someone to kill me, and get it out of me,” Quaden said.
“This is the impacts of bullying! I seriously don’t know what else to do!” his mom wrote.
She also made a plea to parents and educators to teach their children and students about the effects of bullying, particularly on children with disabilities.
“Can you please educate your children, your families, your friends, because all it takes is for one more instant, and you wonder why kids are killing themselves.
“This is the impact bullying has on a 9-year-old kid that just wants to go to school, get an education, have fun, but ever single fricking day, something happens. Another episode, another bullying, another name-calling.”
“So, is there any advice, or support, or anything that other parents, or families have done, to help raise disability awareness within schools so that this doesn’t happen?”
This is the impacts of bullying! I seriously don’t know what else to do! 😭
Posted by Yarraka Bayles on Tuesday, February 18, 2020
The video went viral within hours, receiving millions of views and thousands of messages in support of Quaden.
A 13-year-old girl said the video made her cry and said she is also being bullied “almost every day” for stammering.
One woman wrote: “Love you dude, all the way in Texas we stand with you! You’re stronger than any bully, remember that sweet boy.”
Former Secret Service agent and conservative commentator Dan Bongino also responded to the disturbing video.
“I thought I was a generally tough guy. I’m not. This video broke me. I cannot fathom the pain this young man has been put through. God bless all of the people who reached out to help him and his family.”
I thought I was a generally tough guy. I’m not. This video broke me.
I cannot fathom the pain this young man has been put through. God bless all of the people who reached out to help him and his family. https://t.co/LstTqE59OS
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) February 20, 2020
“Quaden, you are stronger than you know, and no matter what, you’ve got a friend in me,” said Australian actor Hugh Jackman.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 20, 2020
The Indigenous All Stars, Quaden’s favorite rugby team, also tried to uplift the boy, saying: “Hey Quadey…Just wanted to wish you all the best brother, we know you’re going through a hard time right now but the boys are here.”
So far a fund to send Quaden to Disneyland has raised over $300,000 with a $10,000 goal.
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