New Delhi: Moved by the cries of a 9-year-old Australian boy, who wanted ‘someone to murder him’ after being bullied in school, several people across the world including Hollywood celebrities have extended support to him. On Thursday, a video on social media went viral showing Quaden Bayles profusely crying and asking for a knife so that he could stab himself to the heart after being bullied due to his dwarfism. Also Read - Meet Meaidaibahun Majaw, A 9-Year-Old Shillong Girl Who Has Just Developed An Anti-Bullying App
“This is the impact bullying has on a 9-year-old kid that just wants to go to school, get an education and have fun. But every single day, something happens. Another episode, another bullying, another thorn, another name-calling,” his mom said in the background. Also Read - Online Bullying More Horrifying, Leads to Depression in Youths: Study
The gut-wrenching viral clip triggered an outpouring of support and #WeStandWithQuaden messages from people across the world. Actor Hugh Jackman too reached out via Twitter to Quaden and sent a video of himself letting the Australian boy know that he’s his friend.
In a powerful message, Jackman said, “Quaden, you are stronger than you know, and no matter what, you’ve got a friend in me. Everyone, let’s please be kind to each other. Bullying is not okay, period. Life is hard enough. Let’s just remember: every person in front of us is facing some kind of battle, so let’s just be kind.”
Not just Jackman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan also shared a video and said, “What I want you to know is that you have friends me included. I am your buddy. You haven’t met me yet, but we’ll see if we can change that. Maybe your mom can DM me.”
Meanwhile, people on social media are also showing Quaden their support, through an outpouring of love and positive messages:
Bayles was born with achondroplasia, a genetic order that results in dwarfism.
Comedian Brad Williams, who also has Achondroplasia, decided to raise $10,000 in order to send both Quaden and his mother to Disneyland Resort in California. So far, he has raised over $130k.