Mum Yarraka Bayles has shared a video of her distraught son talking about being bullied with the world after a horrible experience after school via Facebook.
Yarraka, who lives in Brisbane Australia with her 9-year-old son Quaden, posted the emotional video with the following caption:
“This is the impacts of bullying! I seriously don’t know what else to do! 😭.”
In the heart-wrenching video, a hysterical Yarraka explains how her son is constantly bullied by other children at school because of his disability. Quaden was born with Achondroplasia, a form of Dwarfism.
If you intend to watch the video or carry on reading with this article, please be wary that the content is highly upsetting.
During the video, a tearful Quaden says:
“I’m going to kill myself.”
In fact, he says it over and over. It’s one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to watch as digital journalist.
It’s a brutal, painful watch and I understand why his mum resorted to this. People need to know just how powerful and long-term the effects of bullying can be.
In the video, Yarraka tells viewers:
“I’ve just picked up my son from school, witnessed a bullying episode, rang the principal, and I want people [to] know, parents, educators teachers, this is the effects that bullying has, this is what bullying does.”
According to local reports, female students were patting Quaden on the head outside of school “like a puppy” and making fun of his height.
“She was patting him on the head like a little puppy. My daughter and I looked at each other and we made signals to him to ask if you are right, and he was like ‘no’ and he was looking at me horrified, like ‘don’t make a scene mum.”
“You could tell he was very uncomfortable but he was so good at trying to shrug things off, he doesn’t want people to know how much it’s affecting him, he’s so strong and confident but it’s times like these when you just see him crumble. It was just heartbreaking to watch, it made me feel helpless.”
In the video, Yarraka reveals that her son has attempted suicide in the past, as the result of bullying from other children.
“It’s the constant bullying, the name-calling, obviously pointing out his difference so now we have a … severely suicidal child who’s sick of the bullying that is [happening] every single day that he attends school or is in public.”
Yarraka stresses that children need to be educated about disabilities at school to help prevent this kind of behaviour.
“That would solve so many of the problems … it would protect the other kids with disabilities and help make them feel safe.”
Unsurprisingly, Yarraka’s Facebook post has gone viral since it was posted on Tuesday. In just a couple of days, it has been viewed over 8 million times and shared over 179,000 times.
Understandably, the majority of the comments have been deeply sympathetic and intensely emotional.
One Facebook user said:
“oh my heart breaks Yak. That makes me so angry and upset 😡 those parents need to be dragged down to the school and the kids given a major wake up call – zero tolerance. Big hugs and prayers.”
“Darling ❤️ people are so cruel. School needs to be accountable and work on the bully culture.”
Just remember, Quaden is one of millions of kids facing bullying right now. It’s a serious issue that should not just be brushed under the carpet and described as some “rite of passage” that we all must overcome – because, frankly, those that don’t end up where Quaden is now, or worse.
No child should ever be made to feel this way.
No person should ever be made to feel this way.
Yet another reminder that the world needs to start being kinder. Right now.
Images via Facebook/Yarraka Bayles
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