We can talk about the bullying epidemic until we’re blue in the face. However, you need to look no further than a suffering 9-year-old named Quaden Bayles to observe the up close and damaging effects it truly has on a human being.
In a video posted on Facebook earlier this week, Bayles mother, Yarraka, shared a heartbreaking clip of her son, crying and asking for a knife, so he can kill himself.
Quaden, who was born with Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, has attempted suicide on multiple occasions.
Can you imagine being nine years old and suffering so badly you want to kill yourself? How can this even be procesed by a nine-year-old? It doesn’t seem possible. However, this is another all too real indication that bullying is more widespread than ever. Young children just like (and unlike) Quaden Bayles, are suffering horribly. What other children are suffering in silence who haven’t been filmed on video?
A Silver Lining?
A possible silver lining to this particular incident, Yarraka Bayles’ video now has over 20 million views, in addition to thousands of shares. Comedian Brad Williams, who also has Achondroplasia, has started a GoFundMe campaign for Quaden. So far, over $300,000 has been raised in an effort to send Quaden and his mother to Disneyland. Actor and fellow Australian Hugh Jackman posted the following on his Twitter account:
“Quaden, you are stronger than you know, mate. And, no matter what, you’ve got a friend in me. So, everyone, let’s please be kind to each other. Bullying is not ok. Period. Life is hard enough. So, let’s just remember, every person in front of us, is facing some kind of battle, so let’s just be kind.”
Rainbow Rabbit would like to offer its support and strong words of encouragement to Quaden and the Bayles family. We will continue to fight for you and all the other children victimized by bullying and lack of acceptance. We will continue to educate children of the dangers and severe consequences of their potential harmful actions. It will get better, Quaden!
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