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Latrell Mitchell with Quaden Bayles (Photo: @latrellmitchell/Instagram)

Indigenous All Stars Invite Bullying Survivor to Lead Them Out for Weekend Game

There’s a heartbreaking video doing the rounds this week of a young boy in tears after being bullied at school.

Quaden Bayles lives with dwarfism and has been so devastated by the constant bullying, he can be heard saying that he wants to take his own life.

He’s only 9 years old.

The video was posted by his mum, Yarraka Bayles, to show teachers and parents how much bullying can affect a child and has racked up millions of views.

Now the Indigenous All Stars are rallying behind Quaden to show him he is loved and supported – and that bullying is never ok.

Lead by Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell, the boys have posted a video on social media inviting Quaden to lead the team out onto the field in their weekend game.

“Hey Quadey, how you going cuz?” Latrell says in the video.

“Just want to wish you all the best brother. We know you’re going through a hard time right now but the boys are here, we got your back, we’re here to support you bud. And we just want to make sure that you’re doing alright,” he continues.

“Your mum’s on your side, we’re on your side and wanna make sure you’re thinking the right things, bud, because we want you around.”

The video ends with the whole team cheering for Quaden.

And they’re not the only ones showing him some love. Comedian Brad Williams – who also lives with dwarfism – has started a GoFundMe campaign to send Quaden and his mum to Disneyland in California.

“I’m setting up this GoFundMe to let Quaden know that bullying will not be tolerated, and that he is a wonderful human being who deserves joy,” writes Brad on the fundraising site.

So far over $13,000 has been donated from over 400 people around the world.





Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.

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