Published on Feb 22, 2020
Quaden Bayles led out the NRL’s Indigenous All Star’s team ahead of Saturday night’s All Star match after his story of school-year bullying went viral.
Quaden’s mother Yarraka Bayles posted a video last week of the nine-year-old crying and expressing suicidal thoughts after being bullied at school for his dwarfism and Aboriginal-Australian heritage.
Claims have been made that the video was faked to give Quaden more social media attention Yarraka was forced to deny claims he is actually 18 years old.
A number of sports stars and celebrities responded to the video and a GoFundMe page set up for Quaden raised more than 200,000 pounds.
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