#StopBullying Trends As Celebrities Send Support to Quaden Bayles After Video Goes Viral

Celebrities including Hollywood stars Hugh Jackman and James Woods and comedian Brad Williams have showed their public support for a nine-year-old boy with dwarfism who is being bullied in Brisbane, Australia

Williams, who was also born with the same condition, raised nearly $200,000 to send the Aboriginal boy to Disneyland in California to help lift his spirits.

Quaden Bayles, who was diagnosed with achondroplasia (a common form of dwarfism) three days after he was born, has received an outpouring of support after his mother shared an emotional video on social media of her son in hysterical tears following a recent bullying episode while he was at school to raise awareness of the extreme negative effects of bullying.

Williams was left with a "broken heart", Australia's ABC reports, after seeing the video the boy's mother posted on Facebook, which has had more than 19 million views and been shared more than 300,000 times. The video shows him breaking down in tears and at one point saying "Give me a knife—I want to kill myself" and "I just want to die right now."

"This is the impact that bullying has on a nine-year-old kid that just wants to go to school, get an education and have fun," Yarraka Bayles, the mother, said in the video.

"But every single freaking day, something happens. Another episode, another bullying, another taunt, another name-calling.

"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 added.

This is the impacts of bullying! I seriously don’t know what else to do! 😭

Posted by Yarraka Bayles on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Speaking to ABC Radio Sydney, Williams said: "I myself have dwarfism. I myself was bullied as a child and with social media sometimes continue to be bullied. It really broke my heart when I saw Quade and I want to do something about it."

The heartbreaking video inspired him to set up a GoFundMe page for the Disneyland trip, which has raised more than $194,000 to date.

"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," Williams wrote on the GoFundMe page.

"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.

The money raised on the GoFundMe page will go towards flights from Australia to Los Angeles; a hotel, food and tickets to Disneyland for a few days in Anaheim for Bayles and her son. All remaining funds after theses costs are met will be donated to anti-bullying and anti-abuse charities.

Australian actor Hugh Jackson has also shared a message of solidarity and support for the boy in a video posted on his official Twitter account saying: "Quaden, you are stronger than you know, mate. And no matter what, you've got a friend in me. So everyone, let's be kind to each other. Bullying is not okay. Period. Life is hard enough. So let's just remember, every person in front of us is facing some kind of battle, so let's just be kind.

The boy, who has always dreamt of being a football star, will also be leading out rugby players onto the field for the National Rugby League's Indigenous All Stars game on Saturday. He met Cody Walker from the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby team on Friday who wanted to show support.

"One of the vehicles in Aboriginal communities is rugby league. This game's very important within those communities," Walker told ABC.

"So what better way than to get Quaden down here on the GC [Gold Coast], be a part of our team, lead us out like the young warrior he is and show him that we love him, that the broader community love him and he's doing a wonderful job in standing up [to] this type of behaviour."

Members of the online community have been showing their support for the boy, sharing messages using the hashtag #StopBullying, which has been trending on Twitter.

"Bullying is never ok!My heart goes out to Quaden. Stay strong Quaden! #stopbullying #WeStandwithQuadenBayles," wrote @Yvesroyce.

"Bullying is freaking worst. It can lead someone to something bad. He is 9 ! 9!! and he's already thinking bout suicide. When is the world gonna realise that bullying is disgusting ? #stopbullying," wrote @Pilotswiftie.

"#StopBullying. Educate your children about disabilities and the effects of bullying. #handsOffQuaden #Quaden," wrote @fifi_kgaugelo.

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