A string of Hollywood celebrities, including Hugh Jackman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, have lent support to a bullied nine-year-old boy, who wanted "someone to murder him" after being bullied in school for dwarfism. A video on social media went viral showing Quaden Bayles profusely crying and asking for a knife so that he could stab himself to the heart after being bullied due to his dwarfism.
"This is the impact bullying has on a nine-year-old kid that just wants to go to school, get an education and have fun. But every single day, something happens. Another episode, another bullying, another thorn, another name-calling," his mom said in the background.
After watching the viral clip, Jackman sent a video of himself letting the Australian boy know that he's his friend.
He shared powerful message in the video and said, "Quaden, you are stronger than you know, and no matter what, you've got a friend in me. Everyone, let's please be kind to each other. Bullying is not okay, period. Life is hard enough. Let's just remember: every person in front of us is facing some kind of battle, so let's just be kind."
Jeffrey Dean Morgan also shared a video and said, "What I want you to know is that you have friends me included. I am your buddy. You haven't met me yet, but we'll see if we can change that. Maybe your mom can DM me."
The Walking Dead star, Morgan continued, "You have a bunch of friends out here, out in the world that you haven't met yet. We're here, we got your back. You need to know that. It'll get better."
Other stars who have sent support to Quaden included Jon Bernthal, who urged the boy to "stay strong the world is watching and you have so much beautiful power. From me and my boys we are with you and we thank you."
Hey little man. For what it’s worth you have taught my family so much. You have inspired us and in our home you are a hero. Thank you for your courage, stay strong the world is watching and you have so much beautiful power. From me and my boys. We are with you and we thank you. https://t.co/QuTL0vvnor— Jon Bernthal (@jonnybernthal) February 20, 2020
Comedian Brad Williams, who also has Achondroplasia, decided to raise $10,000 in order to send both Quaden and his mother to Disneyland Resort in California. He has raised over $130k, according to his attest tweet.
(with inputs from IANS)