A mom from Brisbane, Australia, is asking schools to teach students more about disability awareness after a bullying situation which left her nine-year-old son crying and telling that he needs to die. Yarraka Bayles shared a very hurtful video of her son crying loudly after school on Facebook.
Quaden who is 9 years old, was born with Achondroplasia, a form of Dwarfism. Bayles said in the video that Quaden is often bullied for his disability.
“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,” Bayles said in the video.
Bayles said SBS that she saw some girls “patting him on the head like a puppy” and making comments on his height when she went to the school.
“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,'” she said.
“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.”
She said that she shared the video on Facebook because the bullying is often and Quaden has tried to attempt suicide for several times.
The mom, who also continues with Stand Tall 4 Dwarfism, explained that Quaden had tried to attempt suicide for the first time when he was only 6, when his grandfather passed away. And also she said that Quaden tried several times since.
“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.”
“I feel like I’m failing as a parent. I feel like the education system’s failing.”
While Bayles doesn’t claim wrong for the school or the students for the situation, she thinks that more attention needs to be paid on disability teaching at schools.
“That would solve so many of the problems … it would protect the other kids with disabilities and help make them feel safe.”
Quaden has been pulled out of school most of the time, and his mother is thinking of teaching him at home.
The video quickly spreaded as viral, with over 6 million views and 140,000 shares. Commenters left comments on the video with a number of positive messages, including one that said: “I’ve met this little legend tell him to be strong. Thank you.”
Another commenter left his comment as : “My heart breaks for you hun you are beautiful just the way you are.”
Bayles said she plans on keeping the video up to show people how much bad effects of bullying had on her child. She isn’t only criticising the hurtful situation by posting the video.
“I have copped a lot of backlash for it, I thought twice about deleting it… but I wanted people to see the effect bullying is having on my child. If I don’t stand up and speak out for him, who will,” she said.
She also said that she would be posting a video every time an incident like this happened, hoping that something will change.
After the video was shared , Quaden also met fellow Indigenous Australian Latrell Mitchell, a National Rugby League All-Star.
New Zealand-Samoan actress Teuila Blakely also shared an emotional picture of the moment on Instagram, saying:
“Well done to the Indigenous NRL All Stars Team for standing up to bullying and giving such a special honour to a very special young Indigenous son Quaden Bayles – Y’all know how I feel about bullying of any kind, people big or small, who are unkind can straight get in the rubbish where they belong. Life is for the loving.”
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Quaden also got a video from the whole Indigenous All-Stars team. “Hey Quaden, how are you going cuz?” Mitchell started.
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“Just want to wish you all the best brother. We know you’re going through a hard time right now but the boys are here, we’ve got your back. We’re here to support you, bud”.
“We just want to make sure you’re doing alright and make sure that your mum’s on your side, we’re on your side”.
“Just make sure you’re thinking the right things, bud, because we want you around – we want you to lead us out on the weekend”.
“It’s going to mean more to us than it will to you, bud. Just make sure you’re looking after us and hopefully, we’ll get to see you in the next couple of days.”
The video reached the end with the entire team giving Quaden a big round of applause.
Source of the information: www.distractify.com