Moments after a nine-year-old boy suffered humiliating torment at the hands of a bully, his mom took a video of him that is now breaking hearts all over the world. The woman's son is disabled, which is what makes this video so touching.
As is often the case, a fellow student was picking on Quaden on account of his height.
Yarraka Bayles from Brisbane, Queensland, made the bold decision to share the video to bring attention to the damage bullies do to their helpless victims.
Soon after the boy was born, he was diagnosed with dwarfism, which has invited a lot of torment into his life. Even on the web, bullies regularly try to humiliate the boy.
The boy suffered from achondroplasia, which is a common type of dwarfism. After getting back to the car, with the boy in tears after the abuse, he had suffered. She decided to take a video demonstrating the boy's anguish due to the endless harassment.
While sharing the video, Yarraka says:
"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."
In the emotional video, the mom hears her son tell him he doesn't want to live anymore after the bout of bullying he has just gone through. While deeply shaken, the boy says:
"I just want to die right now."
After a few days, the video had been viewed more than 25 million times.
Unfortunately, this happens to the boy all the time. Whenever her mother picks Quaden from school, he usually has another traumatizing bullying experience to report.
According to Yarraka, all Quaden wants is to go to school, get an education, and have fun.
Unfortunately, all the boy experiences is continued abuse due to his disability.
That made the mother appeal to parents and families to increase disability awareness in schools to avoid kids like her son from going through this kind of hell every day.
As she's saying this, she is trying to hold back the tears in consideration of the suffering her son is going through:
"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."
She even recalls walking in on her son trying to commit suicide when the bullying had gotten unbearable. He was only 6 at the time.
The moving story was shared by Yarraka with the Quest Community. Soon afterwards, millions of people around the world were deeply touched by the devastating story.
The online world flooded her with support after seeing her son's despair at the hands of merciless bullies.
A lot of celebrities also took note, including Latrell Mitchell, the National Rugby League star, who is also the Indigenous All-Star. He requested Quaden to go lead them out on their match.
Quaden and his mom accepted the offer and they were welcomed to the team's camp.
After the video clip was shared online, thousands of people posted comments and offered support for the boy.
This story goes to show just how devastating bullying can be. More importantly, this mom has helped raise awareness about bullying, especially among disabled kids.