*Trigger warning: this article includes suicide.
It’s 2020 and the people of the universe cannot be any more brutal than they are to one another; or can they? Well, judge for yourself; they have the ability to make a 9-year-old kid wish he was dead because of his disability.
The mother of Quaden Bayles, Yarraka Bayles, posted on social media a video of her son who was born with Achondroplasia (the most common form of dwarfism) wishing he was dead, after a bullying incident in his school, which as the mother highlighted, was not the first one. She says that her son went hysterical after he got in the car with her, and wanted to end his life so all the taunting and threats would go away. She saw her own son getting humiliated for his height, describing the scene of one classmate patting on Quaden’s head like a puppy. She started filming his reaction to show people what bullying could do to people – to her own son.
Yarraka, the heroic, strong mother, had her final straw, seeing her kid in such distress is not easy. And so, in a six-minute-long video that she posted, she sent a clear message to everyone around the globe: teach your kids, families, and friends that bullying is not alright. You can watch the video here:http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgCjJmdYNIE
The heartbreaking video of Quaden indeed did reach all around the globe, and the response to it so far is heartwarming. A hashtag of #StopBullying was and still is trending since Friday, with videos attached of celebrities, children, and even teens, telling Quaden that they will be his friend from now on. Telling him that they support him, and they are saying no to bullying. Even more surprising, Brad Williams, A US comedian, had donated more than $130,000 for the family, to send them to Disney Land. He wanted to show not only Quaden, but any human being with a disability, that they are worthy of the good in the world. That’s not just it; basketball star Enes Kanter tweeted, “the world is behind you.” And invited the family to an NBA game.
The turn of events that this situation have taken is absolutely amazing, showing how humans are capable of being good, kind, and supportive. And so because we all know that kind people do exist, this is not for them, this is for the ones who have hurt anyone in any possible way: it’s not okay to downgrade someone for your own satisfaction. If you have a problem with someone, you don’t taunt them about it, you stay away. As long as this person does not affect you in any way, you have no right to throw shame at them for being a different human being that you are.
To quote, and to conclude, the movie Wonder and the magnificent writer Wayne Dyer, “When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.”
From us to Quaden, and anyone suffering from bullying: may you never have to survive your battles alone. Say no to bullying. #StopBullying