Quaden Bayles says it’s ‘very good’ being friends with Hugh Jackman and thanks Britons for ‘love and support’ after bullying video – as his mother says ‘speaking out’ stopped him becoming another ‘suicide statistic’
- Quaden Bayles and his mother Yarraka appeared on Good Morning Britain
- Spoke about their ongoing battle against bullies and thanked fans for support
- Ms Bayles revealed her son had not returned to school since he was taunted
Bullied schoolboy Quaden Bayles and his mother gave a searingly honest interview today where they revealed they were continuing their fight against cruel bullies.
The nine-year-old and his mother Yarraka opened up to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about not wanting him to become ‘another suicide statistic’ while helping other children who are being abused at school.
A distressing video of Quaden threatening to take his own life after being taunted by his fellow pupils last month lead to an outpouring of support across the world, with stars including Hugh Jackman reaching out to encourage the youngster.
Today, Quaden, who has dwarfism, said it was great ‘being friends’ with the Wolverine star, but admitted he had not yet plucked up the courage to return to school.
Quaden Bayles, from Brisbane, made international headlines last month when his mother Yarraka filmed him saying he wanted to die after being bullied at school
Bullied schoolboy Quaden Bayles and his mother spoke to Good Morning Britain today about their fight against bullies
An online fundraiser, ‘Let’s send a wonderful kid to Disneyland’, set up by US comedian Brad Williams – who also has dwarfism – subsequently raised more than £240,000.
But Ms Bayles confirmed today she chose to donate the money to good causes because their family ‘couldn’t enjoy a holiday’ while they continued to raise awareness of bullying.
They said they would rather the money be given to charity to help combat bullying and suicide.
His mother Yarraka told Good Morning Britain: ‘[The video] was a plea for help. We are losing way too many children to suicide so something needs to be done.
‘That plea was answered with a lot of love and support. There’s been a lot of positive and negatives – 99% love and support people reached out and told us their stories.
‘This is not an isolated case. It’s being able to speak up and ask for help and support so we don’t become another statistic.’
Quaden thanked people for the ‘love and support’, adding: ‘It’s nice when people say nice comments about me and support me.
‘When there’s new kids [at school] they don’t really understand [my condition].’
He added it was ‘very good having Hugh Jackman as a friend.’
Quaden’s mother Yarraka took to Instagram to dispel the theories once and for all
The nine-year-old said ‘he wanted to die’ after being bullied at school, in a heartwrenching clip posted online by his mother.
The schoolboy, who has achondroplasia – the most common type of dwarfism – told his mother: ‘Give me a rope, I want to kill myself.’
In the video, which has been viewed more than three million times, Quaden also said: ‘I just want to stab myself in the heart… I want someone to kill me.’
Quaden also scratched at his neck and said: ‘I want to die… I want to scratch myself.’
After Quaden’s video, false rumours began circulating online, questioning if Quaden was actually a man trying to gain internet fame with a ‘fake’ bullying story.
On Monday, his mother Yarraka dispelled the theories once and for all.
She uploaded a video of Quaden holding up his passport, which shows his date of birth as December 13, 2010 – making him nine years old.
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