The Indigenous All Stars and Latrell Mitchell have extended an invitation to young Quaden Bayles after his mother posted a heartbreaking video of the youngster after he had been bullied.
Yarraka Bayles, mother of Quaden, posted a video to Facebook showing the impacts of bullying on her nine-year-old son.
Quaden was diagnosed with achondroplasia – a common form of dwarfism - and in the devastating video the nine-year-old asks his mother: “Give me a knife – I want to kill myself”.
The video, viewed more than five million times caught the attention of the Indigenous All Stars team who posted a heartwarming video back to the youngster.
This is the hardest video I’ve watched. A 9 year old boy wanting to kill himself due to bullying at school. What is going on in our world? Let’s rally behind Quaden & show him that not everyone is against him.Stay strong mate. 🙏🏼 full clip on his mums FB https://t.co/ckvX0wUuUx pic.twitter.com/4pojZ4wNpN— Rob Shehadie (@robshehadie) February 19, 2020
“Hey Quaden. How’re you going Cuz? We just want to wish you all the best brother,” Mitchell says as he stands with the team in solidarity.
“We know you’re going through a hard time right now. But the boys are here and we’ve got your back. We’re here to support you bud.
“We just want to make sure that you’re doing alright. And make sure that (you know) your mum’s on your side and we’re on your side. Just make sure you’re just thinking the right things bud. Cos we want you around and 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 yourself and hopefully we’re going to see you in the next couple of days.”
The whole team cheers following Mitchell’s message.
Following the invitation, it was reported Quaden has accepted the offer and will lead the team out for their clash with the Maori All-Stars on Saturday.
Update from the @NRL on Quaden Bayles. At this stage, Cody Walker will bring the 9-yr-old into the Indigenous #NRLAllStars camp tomorrow, then on Saturday night, Quaden will lead out the team, holding Joel Thompson's hand. This is the power of the game. @9NewsGoldCoast pic.twitter.com/jby5hL7ipw— Dominique Loudon (@dloudon9) February 20, 2020
The heartbreaking story caught the attention of the wider NRL community and Maori All Stars player Brad Takairangi said he would seek young Quaden out to also show his support.
Rugby Union and former All Blacks star Lima Sopoaga also expressed his heartbreak at the video.
Love that the indigenous boys have reached out to the family and will be leading them out on Saturday night at the all stars. Will be sure to go find him and show some love as well ❤️ https://t.co/F0NGGPlGVT— Brad Takairangi (@Bradtaka_) February 20, 2020
This hurts watching this knowing it could happen to one of own!!Awesome bra show the kid some love... 🙌🏾— Zeb Taia (@JZTaia) February 20, 2020
Much Love Quaden we are all behind ya my man - much love 💗💗💗— Wendell Sailor (@RealBigDell) February 20, 2020
Damn that one hurts bruh 💔💔💔💔😭😭😭— Lima Sopoaga (@LimaSopoaga) February 20, 2020
Yarraka Bayles explains in the video she filmed her son in hysterics to show the impact bullying was having on children.
“All it takes is one more incident and you wonder why kids are killing themselves,” she said in the video.
“This is the impact that bullying has on a nine-year-old kid.”
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