A young Australian boy identified as Quaden Bayles went viral online after his mother shared a heartbreaking video of him crying and threatening to take his life as a result of incessant bullying he’s suffered over his dwarfism, if you missed the report you can read here.
The young boy’s mum identified as Yarraka Bayles post the video to raise awareness about bullying and its effect on kids.
Quaden Bayles, who his mother says is 9 years old, received an outpouring of love from all over the world after the video went viral online. Popular American actor and stand-up comedian Brad Williams, who was also born with the same condition as Quaden, raised over 250,000 US Dollars for Quaden. Also, Quaden was invited to lead an All-Star Rugby team onto the field for their next match.
As the massive support continued to poured in for for the young boy, some twitter users has began claiming that Quaden is actually 18 years old and not a 9-year-old school boy as his mum claims. Some twitter users also shared old photos from Quaden Instagram account apparently showing him holding up wads of dollar cash and wearing expensive clothes. They also alleged that his now-deleted captions on Instagram stated his age was 18.
This has led to confusion as some people are wondering if they have been scammed.
Some supporters of Quaden however took to Twitter to trend the hashtag #HeIs9 and #IStandWithQuaden. Some also shared photos and videos to prove that Quaden is actually 9 years old. Others even pointed out that his mum never said they were suffering and in need of money but only said he was a victim of bullying, and as such could not have been trying to scam people of their money.
Following the scam allegations, Brad Williams who raised money for Quaden took to his twitter handle and wrote:
“The love you have shown is unbelievable. Thank you! Money donated will not be wasted! We have a team of people making sure everything is completely legitimate. We thank you for your generosity and patience while we make sure all this is done the right way.”
See some Twitter reactions below.
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