Story at a glance
- A nine-year-old in Australia told his mom he wanted to kill himself after being bullied at school for his dwarfism.
- In a viral video, his mother shared that he had attempted suicide before.
- Celebrities and others online who were moved on the radio have raised more than $10,000 to send Quaden to Disneyland.
It was a heartbreaking cry for help from a mom in Australia who didn’t know what else to do.
Yarraka Bayles posted a Facebook live video of her 9-year-old son Quaden crying after being bullied at school for his dwarfism.
Looking at the camera, Quaden says, "Give me a knife, I want to kill myself."
His mother reveals that he has attempted suicide before.
"This is what bullying does. Can you please educate your children, your families, your friends?” she pleaded.
By that Friday, the video had 21 million views, with thousands of people leaving supporting comments. Actor Hugh Jackman reached out through social media to let Quaden know he had a friend and the National Rugby League has invited Quaden to lead their indigenous All-Stars team out before an upcoming pre-season match.
Comedian Brad Williams started a GoFundMe to raise money to fly Quaden and his mother to Disneyland, with an original goal of $10,000. By noon on Feb. 21, more than 12,000 donors had raised $280,495.
"This isn’t just for Quaden, this is for anyone who has been bullied in their lives and told they weren’t good enough. Let’s show Quaden and others that there is good in the world and they are worthy of it. I have been in touch directly with Quaden’s mother," Williams wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Like Quaden, Williams was born with achondroplasia. The comedian said any money left over after paying for Quaden and his mother to travel to Los Angeles would be donated to anti-bullying and anti-abuse charities.