Quaden Bayles’ mum responds, –The mother of a boy bullied in Queensland has responded to false claims, circulated by online trolls, that her son’s age is fake.
A video of 9-year-old Quaden Bayles went viral this week after his mum shared a clip of him distraught from being bullied.
In the video above: Worldwide support for Quaden Bayles
In the video, Quaden is seen sobbing and asking to end his life.
“This is the effect bullying has. This is what bullying does,” Quaden’s mother said in the confronting video.
The 9-year-old was born with achondroplasia, which is a genetic order that results in dwarfism.
The heartbreaking clip has led to an outpouring of support from across the world from ordinary people to the likes of Hugh Jackman.
People have been moved by the young boy’s plight, with most offering kind words and support.
Sadly, online trolls have started a bizarre rumour that Quaden was an 18-year-old actor and not nine-year-old – a claim which is completely false.
His mother, Yarraka Bayles, has now responded to the claims by sharing a number of posts including an Instagram live from rapper Cardi B, where she defends the boy.
She shared the post on the Stand Tall 4 Dwarfism Facebook page, an advocacy group she runs.
“I really don’t think that he’s lying on his age. And just because there’s video of him flossing money and acting all gangster and acting all cool, it doesn’t mean that kids do not pick on him,” Cardi B said in the clip.
“Thanks @iamcardib. I love you! #CardiBKnows. Wassup FACTS,” his mum posted when she shared the video.
Bayles also shared a post by Facebook user Marianna Lopez Oritz, who appears to be a friend of the family.
“Ima say this once and that’s that.. I’ve known about Quaden since before this s**t blew up. Yes, he’s 9! Dwarfism is not a joke,” she wrote.
“Is he a model or actor? S**t, so are a lot of kids… That doesn’t mean s**t! All the money in the world cant change a disability or the pain that comes from it.
“His mother made the post because she was overwhelmed and enraged with the bullying. I understand her to the fullest.”
Lopez Oritz also addressed the concerning amount of fake accounts that have popped up since the viral video.
“There are indeed scammers who have tried to take advantage of the situation and have made other go fund me accounts and makeup bulls**t like this is a scam,” she said.
A fundraiser for Quaden was launched to send the Queensland boy to Disneyland.
It was organised by US comedian Brad Williams, who also lives with dwarfism.
It’s already reached over $650,000, flying in the face of the trolls and showing just how many people are here to support and show love to brave young Quaden.
His mum also showing constant support by calling out bullying and not ever letting negative people, online or offline, win.
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