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How the world rallied around bullied Queensland boy, Quaden Bayles

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<p>It was a heartbreaking and confronting video posted by a devastated mother – but it has inspired the world to support a young Queensland schoolboy and condemn bullying.</p>

It was a heartbreaking and confronting video posted by a devastated mother – but it has inspired the world to support a young Queensland schoolboy and condemn bullying.

And now, the latest pictures of Quaden Bayles, nine, are touching hearts globally again - for happier reasons.

Quaden, who has dwarfism, walked onto the pitch in front of thousands of cheering fans at an All Stars rugby match last night, the culmination of a week which has made him a household name.

Last Wednesday, Quaden, from Brisbane, made a desperate call to his mother, Yarraka Bayles, after another day of being bullied at school.

Former rugby league player Johnathan Thurston poses with Quaden Bayles.

"Give me a knife – I want to kill myself," he said.

"I just want to die right now,"

Mrs Baylers filmed and posted the upsetting clip on Facebook, to "raise awareness of what bullying does".

It didn't take long for the video to go viral, and Quaden's cause to go global.

The harrowing video really took off just hours after his mum shared it, when it reached US comic, Brad Williams – who also has dwarfism.

The fundraiser he set up to send Quaden to Disneyland in California has now gathered more than $460,000.

Quaden Bayles with Cody Walker of the Indigenous All-Stars before the NRL match between the Indigenous All-Stars and the New Zealand Maori Kiwis All-Stars at Cbus Super Stadium

Williams has pledged the rest to anti-bullying charities.

Actor Hugh Jackman reached out next, saying to Quaden in a video on twitter "No matter what, you've got a friend in me".

Global news outlets including CNN covered the story, as well as The New York Times, Gulf News in Dubai and the UK's Evening Standard.


The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, veteran actor James Wood, NBA player Enes Kanter and British TV host Piers Morgan are among celebrities who have posted on social media about the video.


Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis, who also has dwarfism, called the video, "deeply saddening".

Big name Asian martial artist and TV host Chatri Sityodtong even offered Quaden self-defence classes on an all-expenses paid trip to Singapore, saying, "the video broke my heart".

Many people used the hashtag #WeStandWithQuaden

Papatoetoe High School in Auckland posted a special Haka for him.

A marathon runner with dwarfism in Toronto spoke out about her own bullying experiences in the city's newspaper

And now images of a beaming Quaden walking out with the National Rugby League's Indigenous All Stars team ahead of an exhibition match against the New Zealand Maoris yesterday bring a happier story to the world.

He had been invited by the entire team in a video posted online, in which captain Latrell Mitchell told him: "We've got your back. We're here to support you, bud."

The Maoris went on to defeat the Indigenous All Stars 30-16 in the game at Cbus Super Stadium on Australia's Gold Coast, with Bayles getting a pitchside view.


The family has rubbished claims that surfaced late last week suggesting Quaden isn't a bullied child, but an adult actor.

His new legions of fans have rushed to defend him, too. including American Rapper Cardi B

"Everybody keeps saying he's lying about his age, this and that," she said in a video.

"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.

"It doesn't mean that he doesn't feel, you know, like the other kids."

While the original video had millions of views and shares, the post has now been deleted.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/bullying-video-australia-quaden-bayles-brisbane-nrl-hugh-jackman/be71c3a4-c2b3-48c2-8d68-c61816cf5553

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