REUTERS: Quaden Bayles, the nine-year-old boy who in a heart-wrenching video mentioned he needed to kill himself after being bullied at college, had the “greatest day of his life” when he led out an all-star rugby league workforce in Australia on Saturday.
Bayles was taunted for his dwarfism and his mom had uploaded a video on Fb earlier this week exhibiting the teenager in tears in a bid to make clear the results that bullying has on younger kids.
“Give me a knife, I need to kill myself,” an agitated Bayles mentioned within the video, as he sobs within the automotive and buries his head within the seat.
He obtained an outpouring of assist from around the globe, together with encouragement from celebrities akin to Australian actor Hugh Jackman, and was invited to guide out the Indigenous All-Stars rugby league workforce on the Robina Stadium in Queensland.
Sporting noise-cancelling headphones, Bayles held the match ball and captain Joel Thompson’s hand, main the workforce out of the tunnel earlier than their recreation in opposition to the Maori All-Stars, with a loud crowd cheering him on.
His mom Yarraka Bayles described the invitation as “going from the worst day of his life to the most effective day of his life.
“We might by no means have dreamt in our wildest desires that it will’ve gone worldwide and created such a media frenzy,” she instructed reporters. “It is each dad or mum’s worst nightmare dropping their infants and for me that is my actuality on daily basis.
“That is what I’ve to arrange for, the worst, as a result of every little thing he’s going by way of along with his medical situation, the suicide makes an attempt are very actual and other people do not perceive that.
“There are method too many individuals struggling in silence and my coronary heart goes out to these households which have already misplaced their kids to bullying.
“It has been method too many and it is one thing that must be addressed, it is a global disaster and it calls for pressing consideration.”
A GoFundMe web page arrange by comic Brad Williams, who was additionally born with a sort of dwarfism, has collected almost US$450,000 as he seems to be to fly Bayles and his mom to the US to allow them to go to Disneyland.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Modifying by Ken Ferris)