A bullied nine-year-old boy has been inundated with messages of support after his mum shared a video of him asking to kill himself because he was targeted over his dwarfism. Yarraka Bayles, from Brisbane, filmed her son Quaden crying in the car after she picked him up from school on Wednesday.
The schoolboy, who has achondroplasia – the most common type of dwarfism – told his mother: ‘Give me a rope, I want to kill myself.’ The video has gone viral and Quaden and his family have received support and encouragement from Australian sports stars and kind strangers from around the world.
An Instagram page set up for the young boy has been flooded with messages of support with many pledging gifts and friendship. His family has issued a statement thanking everyone for their uplifting well wishes. It read: ‘Quaden Bayles’ family would like to take this time firstly to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of love and support from so many people from all around the world. ‘Due to the large volume of messages, we are unable to respond to everyone at this time as we need time to process as a family and would like to ask that media respect the family’s wishes, they are not taking calls and will be speaking to First Nations Media only at this time.
‘Again thank you everyone, Quaden’s feeling the love and now he needs a good rest. We are meeting with the appropriate people in power to make changes and make a stand against bullying.’ Since the video was shared on Wednesday, Quaden has been offered the chance to lead the Indigenous All Stars NRL team onto Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast, where they will play the Maori All Stars on Saturday night.