Earlier this week, a video of 9-year-old Quaden Bayles went viral after he was filmed by his mom saying he wanted to kill himself.
“Give me a knife, I’m going to kill myself,” said the distraught young boy who has achondroplasia dwarfism.
The footage came directly after Quaden endured another episode of bullying at his school in Brisbane.
“Give me a rope, I want to kill myself,” the 9-year-old continued in the heartbreaking video. “I just want to stab myself in the heart… I want someone to kill me.”
Though she was highly criticized by many for doing so, Quaden’s Mom Yarraka published the video on Facebook in an effort to put the extremely damaging effects of bullying on display.
“This is the effect bullying has. This is what bullying does,” Yarraka can be heard saying. “Can you please educate your children, your families, your friends?” she begs. “I seriously don’t know what else to do.”
The gutting video has since been viewed over 17 million times, and the Bayles have received a beautiful outpouring of support from those whose hearts ache along with them.
One of those people was the Wolverine star himself, Hugh Jackman.
Jackman took to Twitter to send a simple but powerful message to the bullied schoolboy.
“Quaden – you’ve got a friend in me,” Jackman captioned his 30-second video.
In the heartfelt clip, Jackman tells the 9-year-old: “Quaden, you are stronger than you know mate, and no matter what, you’ve got a friend in me. So, everyone let’s please be kind to each other. Bullying is not OK.”
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 20, 2020
“Life is hard enough,” continued the 51-year-old actor. “So let’s remember, every person in front of us is facing some kind of battle, so let’s just be kind.”
Comedian Brad Williams, who also has dwarfism, started a GoFundMe page for Quaden in an effort to send the boy and his mom from Australia to Disneyland in California. The campaign goal of $10,000 has been completely smashed, with the current donated amount at a whopping $313,000 from over 14,000 donors.
Quaden is the current face of Stand Tall 4 Dwarfism, a campaign designed to fight bullying.
If you or someone you know is thinking about harming yourself/themselves or attempting suicide, reach out to someone who can help right away. Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.