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The importance of teaching our children about bullying has been brought to light after an absolutely heartbreaking video of a 9-year-old boy breaking down went viral.
The video was shared by Brisbane mother Yarraka Bayles, showing her young son Quaden sobbing after suffering vicious bullying over his dwarfism.
In the devastating footage, which has been viewed over 11 million times, Quaden is heard asking for someone to take his life as he can no longer withstand the bullying.
“This is the impacts of bullying! I seriously don’t know what else to do,” wrote Ms Bayles in the caption.
After sharing the video publicly, little Quaden has received support and has been inundated with beautiful messages from various news publications and NRL stars and he has even been asked to walk the Indigenous All Stars NRL team onto the field at their game this weekend.
Speaking about the video on the Kyle and Jackie O show this morning after a listener brought it up in last calls, Jackie spoke out about the importance of educating our kids about bullying.
“I think that’s what makes it so shocking is that a boy of that age could even be contemplating a thought like that,” Jackie said on air this morning.
“I had heard about this video but I didn’t want to watch it because I get too upset with things like this but obviously when you’re on a radio show you kind of have to be across these things and it’s heartbreaking to watch.”
She said that parents need to be more responsible for the way that their children act towards each other.
“But he’s not alone. It happens and it is every parent’s worst nightmare,” Jackie continued.
“I hope other parents are doing the same because it is about constantly drumming it into your children that it is not okay. When you see someone’s upset or if someone’s getting bullied, don’t join in. You befriend that person, you help them.
“And hopefully most parents are doing that.”
Beau Ryan also had a lot to say about this topic this morning as he too is not only a parent to young children but he actually met Quaden a few years ago.
“As a parent it’s your worst nightmare to have your child in any sort of pain,” Beau said on air this morning. “And also the mother of the bully because that would be my worst nightmare coming home knowing my daughter or son was bullying someone else because you try and set an example.”
Beau also praised the work that the NRL and his friend Jonathan Thurston have been doing to try and help Quaden during this difficult time.
“The thing I want to highlight is how good the NRL have been. Jonathan Thurston highlighted it last night… the NRL then jumped on it,” Beau explained.
“Jonathan Thurston is a good person. He is obviously one of the best players of all time but as a person, he will shine light where it needs to be shined.”
Quaden will join NRL’s Indigenous All Stars at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday night to help lead the players onto the field.
If you or anyone you know needs help contact lifeline on 13 11 14.
Hear Beau and Jackie discussing this issue in the podcast below!