Queensland boy and dwarfism champion Quaden Bayles distraught after being bullied | 7NEWS.com.au
Thousands of people have expressed support for Queensland boy Quaden Bayles – a champion of dwarfism awareness in Australia – who has been bullied.
Quaden’s mother Yarraka has posted a video to Facebook showing him distraught after she saw him being bullied while picking him up from school.
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“This is the effect bullying has. This is what bullying does,” she said in the confronting video, which shows Quaden declaring “I want to kill myself… I just want to die right now”.
“Can you please educate your children, your families, your friends?” his distressed mother asks.
“I seriously don’t know what else to do.”
Quaden is the face of Stand Tall 4 Dwarfism, which Yarraka set up to raise awareness and fight against bullying.
Quaden and Yarraka are no strangers to adversity.
He has undergone numerous operations in the nine years since he was born with achondroplasia dwarfism.
From a proud Indigenous family, Quaden has also faced bullying previously.
After posting the video, viewed more than 3.6 million times, Quaden has been flooded with messages of support and condemning bullying.
“Just know you should never be ashamed of your differences,” said 13-year-old Sian Williams, founder of Kidzucate Take-A-Stand Against Bullying and Violence.
“I just want you to know that you’re an amazing person and beautiful, inside and out.”
Victorian former politician and Indigenous rights campaigner Lidia Thorpe said Quaden is an “amazing warrior” who makes his people proud.
“Little brother Quaden, know we’re all here for you,” internet personality Carly Wallace said.
“You are so special to our entire Aboriginal community in Brisbane and beyond.
“These kids who bully you have unfortunately learned this behaviour.
“Parents please educate your children on what it means for others to have a disability, don’t see the difference, see the person. Hold your head up warrior, you matter.”
The NRL Indigenous All-Stars team uploaded a video message for Quaden on Thursday, including an offer to lead the team out in Saturday night’s game on the Gold Coast.
“Just make sure you’re thinking the right things, bud, because we want you around – we want you to lead us out on the weekend,” Latrell Mitchell said.
‘Hold your head up warrior, you matter.’
Artist Allan McKenzie said: “I just want you and your family, Quaden, to know we stand with you, little brother.
“We support you in your journey, brother. You’re loved by so many people.”
Yarraka Bayles did not respond to 7NEWS.com.au’s request for comment.
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