BULLYING BACKFIRES

A 9 year old Australian child, Quaden Bayles, just managed to rake up a huge sum of money, love and support from international superstars and a free trip to Disneyland…because he gets BULLIED at school. Quaden who is living with dwarfism went viral on the internet a couple of days ago when his mother, Yarraka Bayles, posted a video of him weeping uncontrollably and threatening to commit suicide owing to constant bullying at school for his condition. Quaden Bayles, appears inconsolable in the clip and his mother can be heard in the background saying, “this is what bullying does,” Can you please educate your children, your families, your friends?” Quaden has attempted suicide in the past.

The video quickly garnered a massive outpouring of love even in the midst of a handful of people who criticized the mother for making a video of her son’s misery. The critics turned out to be an unpopular minority opinion as many have rallied round the family to show their love and support not just in word but indeed. Among those reaching out to help the family is the famous Australian actor, Hugh Jackman (Wolverine in the X Men series), who posted a video tweet consoling Quaden: “No matter what, you’ve got a friend in me.”

Just as admirable are the efforts of US comedian Brad Williams who opened a Go Fund Me account (an online fund-raising platform) which has raised almost $170,000.00  (approximately N61 million) to send Bayles and his mother to Disneyland in California.

CNN quotes Williams as saying, “this isn’t just for Quaden, this is for anyone who has been bullied in their lives and told they weren’t good enough,” on the fundraising page. “Let’s show Quaden and others that there is good in the world and they are worthy of it.”

Quaden Bayles, is the face of Stand Tall 4 Dwarfism, a charity his mother established to raise awareness and stop bullying (Seven News).He has reportedly undergone multiple operations and bullying for much of his young life.

Williams, who also lives with achondroplasia, the same condition which caused Bayles dwarfism, is said to be “speechless” with the donations received, which include air tickets for a trip to Disneyland for Bayles and his mother.

The National Rugby League’s Indigenous All-Stars team is also standing by Bayles as he will lead the team out for Saturday’s NRL pre-season match against the Maori All-Stars in Queensland’s Gold Coast.Indigenous All-Stars fullback Latrell Mitchell comforted Bayles in these words, “Just want to wish you all the best brother. We know you’re going through a hard time right now but the boys are here, we’ve got your back. We’re here to support you, bud”.

MochaBeauty hopes Bayles’ bullies will realize going forward how counterproductive bullying is and take lessons from how popular they made Quaden with their actions.

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