Vile trolls created fake social media accounts in an attempt to profit from bullying a nine-year-old boy with dwarfism.
An emotional video of Brisbane boy Quaden Bayles, shot by his mother Yarraka, which shows him bursting into tears after being targeted by bullies has gone viral and has seen him inundated with support from celebrities, sports stars and the public in general.
A fundraiser initiated by comedian Brad Williams to send Quaden to Disneyland has raised over $ 400,000 and celebrities including actor Hugh Jackman, television station Piers Morgan and rugby league star Johnathan Thurston have shared encouraging messages.
On Saturday, Quaden’s Instagram account ‘Quadosss’ warned his 226,000 followers that fake social media accounts had been created that claimed to be him and that were trying to exploit his situation.
‘WARNING!!!! FALSE ACCOUNTS! PLEASE REPORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Quaden’s account posted on Instagram, along with a screenshot of a fake Twitter account using his name. The fake account also retweeted fake posts that Quaden was actually an 18-year-old boy and not a nine-year elementary school student.
Bayles also shared a social media post criticizing conspiracy theories about his son.
Quaden Bayles ‘Quadosss’ Instagram account warned its 226,000 followers that fake accounts would be created in a post on Saturday morning
On Saturday, Quaden’s ‘Quadosss’ Instagram account warned his 226,000 followers that fake social media accounts (left) had been created claiming to be him and trying to exploit his situation.
She shared a post written by a woman who met Quaden before her video went viral.
‘Yes, he is nine years old. Dwarfism is not a joke. Are you a model or an actor? … so are many children … this means nothing, “said the post shared by Bayles.
‘Her mother left office because she was overwhelmed and angry about bullying. I fully understand it.
‘He never asked for money … They never said they were broke. They never asked for it.
One of the fake accounts contains Quaden photos and urges followers to “pay for my GoFundMe” and has a link to donate.
Social media users have debated whether Quaden has been a child since its story began on Thursday.
A woman posted a photo of Quaden at an 18th birthday party, claiming she was actually an adult.
However, it has since been confirmed that the party was for another person and Quaden was only participating.
Quaden’s mother, Yarraka Bayles, has a photo on her Facebook profile that shows him as a child in 2012, also refuting the claim that he is an adult.
“Lil man who has been going on for 15 months now bless him!” Bayles wrote at the time.
Another rumor is that Quaden was actually starring in the video where he says he wants to kill himself after his StarNow profile has been revealed.
The account also retweeted fake posts (pictured) claiming that Quaden was actually an 18-year-old man and not a nine-year elementary school student
Quaden’s mother, Yarraka Bayles, has a photo on her Facebook profile that shows him as a child in 2012, also refuting the claim that he is an adult. “Lil man who has been going on for 15 months now bless him!” Bayles wrote at the time
As the trolls continue to spread rumors, Quaden has received an outburst of international support, including from Hugh Jackman and comedian Brad Williams.
Williams, who also has dwarfism, created a fundraiser for Quaden after hearing the shocking news of being bullied at school.
The fundraiser has now raised $ 401,125 from 17,960 supporters since the American comedian started the GoFundMe page on Thursday.
The money raised will be used to take Quaden and her mother for a vacation to Disneyland, California, while all excess will go to charity against bullying.
As the trolls continue to spread rumors, Quaden (pictured) has received an outburst of international support, including from Hugh Jackman and comedian Brad Williams
The fundraiser has now raised $ 401,125 from 17,960 supporters since the American comedian started the GoFundMe page on Thursday
Quaden’s mother, Yarraka, shared the distressing video that sparked the disbursement of support after picking up her son from school on Wednesday.
The schoolboy, who has achondroplasia – the most common type of dwarfism – said to his mother, “Give me a rope, I want to kill myself.”
In the video, which has been viewed over three million times, Quaden also said, “I just want to stab myself in the heart … I want someone to kill me.”
Quaden also scratched his neck and said, “I want to die … I want to scratch.”
He will now also lead the Indigenous All-Stars on the field in their rugby league clash with Maori All Stars in Queensland on Saturday.
Quaden is pictured with NRL star Latrell Mitchell. On Saturday, the nine-year-old will lead the NRL team of the Indigenous All Stars