Quaden Bayles’ mum says she still gets death threats ‘every day’ after viral video of bullied nine-year-old in tears
A BULLIED schoolboy with dwarfism and his family have been receiving death threats daily since a video of the tormented lad crying went viral.
Nine-year-old Quaden Bayles from Brisbane, Australia, made headlines around the world when footage was posted of him sobbing and saying he wanted to die.
In the footage, Quaden can be seen sobbing into the camera and saying he is suicidal from being relentlessly bullied.
After the clip went viral the lad was inundated with support well-wishers and celebrities, including Hugh Jackman and Mark Hamill.
But Quaden's mum, Yarraka, today told the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability that her family has been targeted by sinister trolls.
She said: "Still to this day, every day.
"People who think it’s their business to make comments.
"Yes, lots of death threats, (threats of) physical harm against my children, my granddaughter."
Quaden was born with achondroplasia which is a type of dwarfism which has required him to have 11 surgeries.
Yarraka told the commission she made and posted the video showing her son’s distress after years of inaction, with her son being called names like "midget" and being pushed on the ground or simply left out.
She says she wants to introduce a "Quaden’s Law" to raise awareness of bullying and ensure children are safe.
Quaden also gave a message via a video recording to the commission: "Just don’t be rude to kids that have disabilities.
"Be kind and be nice.”
After becoming famous, sick trolls on social media claimed that Quaden was actually an 18-year-old actor who had participated in a stunt.
His mum Yarraka was forced to post a new video to dispel the ridiculous rumours.
Along with the clip, she wrote: “I can understand why people think my son @quaden_the_kid is not really 9y.o.”
Since the footage went viral Quaden has received messages of support from around the world.
Hugh Jackman posted a video that said: "Quaden you are stronger than you know, mate. And no matter what, you have a friend in me.
"So, everyone lets please be kind to each other – bullying is not okay."
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, wrote that "the cruelty is as astonishing as it is heartbreaking" after seeing the video on Twitter.
After viewing the viral video, California-based comedian Brad Williams — who also has dwarfism — organised a fundraiser on GoFundMe to send the boy and his mom to Disneyland in California.
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