Some Twitter users are questioning whether a dwarf who appeared in a now-viral video sobbing that he's the 9-year-old victim of bullies is nothing but a teenage prankster.
"This is the impact bullying has a nine-year-old kid who just wants to go to school, get an education and have fun but every single fricking day something happens".
"Give me a knife", Quaden Bayles cries out in the almost seven-minute video posted Tuesday to Facebook. "I want someone to kill me".
She appeals to other parents and schools to educate children on the serious consequences of bullying, which may, like in her son's case, even make them suicidal.
The NRL's Indigenous All Stars team also invited Quaden to lead them out onto the field when they face the Maori All Stars this coming Saturday.
"I think it's fantastic, and a great way to shine some light on bullying and hopefully it starts a conversation and we get on top of it", Thaiday said.
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Australian actor Hugh Jackman has reached out to bullied schoolboy Quaden Bayles, after a distressing video of the nine-year-old was shared online.
Quaden appears regularly on Yarraka's Instagram account wearing any number of sporting jerseys - including basketball and baseball - and Williams said the Los Angeles Angels, a Major League Baseball team based in Anaheim, would bring Quaden to one of their upcoming games.
"I just want to let you know that you have a friend in Asia", said Sityodtong. "And if all he can do is run the boys out then that's enough for us".
Seeing the clip, Jackman sent a video of himself letting the Australian boy know that he's his friend.
Furthermore, it makes ideal sense that Quaden would have a social media presence and an acting profile--His mom, Yarraka, has been involved in a Dwarfism Awareness not-for-profit organization since 2014, and building up advocacy efforts around her son is a great way to draw awareness to the issues that affect him.
"This is the effect bullying has", she says in the video, which has been viewed 22 million times as of Friday.
"Every time there is a triggering - anything that happens at school or while we're in public, which is nearly every time we're in public", she said. "We've got your back and just want to make sure that you are doing alright, make sure that your mum is on your side, we're on your side", star Latrell Mitchell said, speaking on behalf of the players.