A 9-year-old Australian boy who went viral this week after his mother posted a video of him saying he wants to kill himself, following an incident of bullying, has just gotten support from one of the famous actor’s from his country, Hugh Jackman.
Quaden Bayles, the boy in the video, recieved the message via Twitter from ‘Wolverine’ himself, telling the youngster “You have a friend in me.” Jackman reminded the boy he is stronger than he thinks he is…and made a plea to all his fans to make sure they are vigilant of all childhood bullying.
“Life is hard enough,” Jackman said in his message.
Quaden’s story went viral after his mother shared a video of him crying inside of the family car after she picked him up from school. She claims to have witnessed first hand, other students picking on her son. Tragically, the 9-year-old is so upset he asks for a knife to kill himself after the poor treatment. His mother films the entire incident to make a point of the lack of help people like her son have in the school systems for bullying.
Quaden has recieved tons of support from celebrities, including comedian Brad Williams who suffered from a similar condition, and has even been on the receiving end of a GoFundMe page to send him to Disneyland.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 20, 2020
“9-year-old Quaden is an amazing boy from Australia with dwarfism. One day when his mother picked him up from school, she found Quaden in hysterics. Quaden was being bullied so horribly in school, that he just could not take it anymore. His mother filmed his tearful outcry and put it on Facebook to let people know the effect that bullying can have,” Brad’s message began.
He continued, “The bullying was so severe, in the video Quaden can be heard saying “Give me a knife—I want to kill myself.” I’m setting up this GoFundMe to let Quaden know that bullying will not be tolerated and that he is a wonderful human being who deserves joy. I want to fly Quaden and his mother to America, get them a nice hotel, and bring them to Disneyland.”
Brad made it clear to anyone reading the message and considering helping Bayles, “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.”
Quaden has also recieved offers for free MMA training from one of the biggest companies in the business, ONE.
The CEO Chatri Sityodtong, said the 9-year old’s parents are even considering allowing his training to start. Sityodtong, said in a video, “I just spoke to his amazing mom, Yarraka, over the phone. She has graciously accepted my invitation to come to Singapore for an all-expenses-paid vacation so Quaden can learn martial arts at EVOLVE.”
He continued, “Our instructors will be sure to bully-proof Quaden. If he wakes up from his nap, we plan to FaceTime tonight. Yarraka said that he might sleep through the night. If so, we will FaceTime tomorrow. Let us all take the opportunity to show little Quaden how much the world cares.”