A mum has filmed the heartbreaking effects bullying has had on her disabled son as a message in a video seen more than 4.5million times.
Yarraka Bayles, from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, shared the video of her son Quaden to her Facebook on Tuesday after he was picked up from school “in hysterics”.
The nine-year-old was diagnosed with dwarfism soon after being born and is regularly the target of bullies and online trolls.
“I’ve just picked my son up from school, witnessed a bullying episode, rang the principal, and I want people to know – parents, educators, teachers – this is the effect that bullying has,” Yarraka says in the clip.
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With tears rolling down his cheeks, poor Quaden tells her to “give me a knife, I want to kill myself”.
“I just want to die right now,” he adds.
Yarraka says “every single freaking day” something happens to Quaden, who just “wants to go to school, get an education and have fun”.
Fighting back the tears, she asks parents and families for advice on raising disability awareness in schools.
“I’ve got a son that is suicidal almost every single day,” she says.
“Every time there is a triggering – anything that happens at school or while we’re in public, which is almost every time we’re in public.”
In 2019, the mum told Quest Community News that she first walked in on her son trying to take his own life when he was just six years old.
The tragic story has touched the hearts of millions, including those in the world of sport.
National Rugby League star Latrell Mitchell and the Indigenous All Stars have invited Quaden to lead them out for their match on Saturday.
Channel 9 on Thursday night reported Quaden and his mum have accepted the offer and will come into the team’s camp on the Gold Coast.
Thousands of people have commented on the viral clip since it was posted, offering their support to the youngster.
“Love you Quaden,” one wrote. “I’m so sorry this has happened.”
Another commented: “You are beautiful and stronger then this horrible excuse for a person.”
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
The NSPCC also offers advice to parents and carers worried about their children being bullied.
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