A woman in Australia has shared a heartbreaking video in which her little son cries and says he wants to kill himself because of his size, who is constantly exposed to school bullying. In a powerful video, the mother sent a message about the effects of bullying on children.
Yarraka Bayles had picked up Quaden, her nine-year-old son, from his Brisbane school on Wednesday. In the video on Facebook, the boy, who apparently has dwarfism, wears his school uniform and leans against the car seat. He sobs uncontrollably and says: "Give me a rope, I'll kill myself."
"I just picked up my son from school, witnessed an episode of bullying, called the headmaster, and wanted people to know, parents, educators, teachers, that's the impact that bullying is, that's bullying." Ms. Bayles says when her son looks at her helplessly.
"I just want to stab my heart. I want someone to kill me," says Quaden in the 6:46 minute video.
Quaten's mother said she saw a student patting him on the head and making fun of his size. "He ran to his car hysterically because he didn't want me to do a scene in school. I feel like I'm failing as a parent. I feel like the education system is failing," said Ms. Bayles.
She appeals to other parents and schools to educate children about the serious consequences of bullying, which, as in the case of her son, can even lead to suicide.
"This is the impact of bullying on a nine-year-old who just goes to school, wants to do an apprenticeship, have fun. Every day something happens … another episode, another bullying, a different naming. … There is Advice or support or something other parents or families have done to raise awareness of disabilities at school so that this doesn't happen? "She asks.
"I want people to know how much it hurts us as a family. I want people to raise their children," says the mother.
Quaden has received a lot of support since his video was shared by his mother. With over 15 million views, the clip was recorded by over 2.85 lakh Facebook users, many of whom use the hashtag #TeamQuaden. The Australian National Rugby League (NRL) were among those who showed solidarity with the nine-year-old and his mother.