(Reuters) – Quaden Bayles, the nine-year-old boy who in a heart-wrenching video stated he sought after to kill himself after being bullied in class, had the “best possible day of his lifestyles” when he led out an all-star rugby league crew in Australia on Saturday.
Bayles was once taunted for his dwarfism and his mom had uploaded a video on Fb previous this week appearing the teen in tears in a bid to make clear the consequences that bullying has on babies.
“Give me a knife, I need to kill myself,” an agitated Bayles stated within the video, as he sobs within the automotive and buries his head within the seat.
He gained an outpouring of reinforce from around the globe, together with encouragement from celebrities akin to Australian actor Hugh Jackman, and was once invited to guide out the Indigenous All-Stars rugby league crew on the Robina Stadium in Queensland.
Dressed in noise-cancelling headphones, Bayles held the fit ball and captain Joel Thompson’s hand, main the crew out of the tunnel earlier than their sport in opposition to the Maori All-Stars, with a noisy crowd cheering him on.
His mom Yarraka Bayles described the invitation as “going from the worst day of his lifestyles to the most efficient day of his lifestyles.
“Lets by no means have dreamt in our wildest goals that it could’ve long gone international and created the sort of media frenzy,” she informed newshounds. “It’s each and every mother or father’s worst nightmare shedding their small children and for me that’s my fact each day.
“That’s what I’ve to organize for, the worst, as a result of the whole lot he’s going thru together with his scientific situation, the suicide makes an attempt are very actual and other people don’t remember the fact that.
“There are approach too many of us struggling in silence and my coronary heart is going out to these households that experience already misplaced their youngsters to bullying.
“It’s been approach too many and it’s one thing that must be addressed, it’s a global disaster and it calls for pressing consideration.”
A GoFundMe web page arrange by way of comic Brad Williams, who was once additionally born with one of those dwarfism, has accumulated just about $450,000 as he seems to be to fly Bayles and his mom to the US so they may be able to discuss with Disneyland.
Reporting by way of Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Modifying by way of Ken Ferris