‘Stand up for yourself’: Child seen around the world, tormented over relentless bullying gets his say

(Video screenshots)

Quaden, the nine-year-old boy with dwarfism who went viral across the world after his mother shared a video to the Internet of him crying vociferously about the bullying he faces at school, has some advice for fellow victims.

If you get bullied, just stand up for yourself and don’t listen to what they say,” he said in an interview with NITV.

Preach, young man. Preach.


“Nine-year-old Quaden was diagnosed with achondroplasia – the most common form of dwarfism – just three days after he was born, and has long suffered at the hands of bullies and online trolls,” News.com.au reported on Thursday.

His story went viral after his mother, Yarraka Bayles, shared footage to the Internet on Tuesday of him pouring out his heart. The video began with her telling viewers what had just happened.

“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,” she says.

As she’s speaking, you can hear Quaden pouring out his anguish, and it’s absolutely brutal.

Watch below (*WARNING: this content and language may be disturbing to some viewers):


This is the impacts of bullying!
I seriously don’t know what else to do! ?

Posted by Yarraka Bayles on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Give me a knife — I want to kill myself,” the young boy exclaims. “I just want to die right now.”

The original clip has been viewed over 20 million times. Meanwhile, copies of the clip have spread throughout Twitter thanks to the likes of conservative Hollywood actor James Woods, among the tens of thousands of others who’ve done their part to make sure Quaden’s pain is heard and acknowledged by the world.

“I’ve got some good advice, but I need more because this is the effect of bullying, this is what it’s doing,” Bayles continues in the video above. “And I want people to know how much it is hurting us as a family, I want people to educate their children.”

I’ve got a son that is suicidal almost every single day. 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.”

When conservatives justifiably mock overly emotional, spoiled, privileged left-wing zealots who are “triggered” by anything, including the expression of mere facts, they do so in part because they recognize how disrespectful such antics are to the victims of real triggerings.

A war veteran suffering from PTSD suddenly losing his mind because he hears a car backfiring is an example of a real triggering. So is a disabled eight-year-old breaking down in tears and trying to kill himself because he experiences bullying day in and out.

Last year, Bayles revealed in an interview with a local Australian newspaper that Quaden first tried to kill himself when he was just six years old …

“So we now we have a very severely suicidal child, who is sick of the bullying that it is every single day that he attends school or is in public, and we’re sick of it,” she reportedly said.

“I just want people to know, and see the impact, because this could be your child or your child could be the bully that pushes a kid over the edge. And God forbid, we lose another child to suicide because of the bullying.”


As of Friday morning, there was both good news and bad news to report.

The good news is that comedian Brad Williams, who also suffers from dwarfism, has launched a GoFundMe to raise money to send Quaden to Disneyland:

As of about noon Friday, the GoFundMe boasted over $200,000 and counting in donations, much to the shock and awe of Williams.


The bad news is that, while this money will no doubt help not only send Quaden to Disneyland but also help him accomplish so much more, it won’t stop the bullying, either for this young man or any other young man or woman who experiences bullying.

Nothing will ever stop bullying, in fact, though education and the promotion of tolerance, kindness, and empathy can certainly go a long way toward reducing it.

Like Quaden brilliantly said in his interview with NITV, “Parents should make their kids be nice to people with disabilities.”


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