Nu Metal frontwoman Otep Shamaya is standing up for Quaden Bayles as backlash against the nine-year-old Brisbane, Australia boy continues to grow on social media networks. Quaden went viral on Wednesday when his mother, Yarraka Bayles, live-streamed a video on her personal Facebook account showing the aftermath of her son being bullied in his school. According to Yarraka, her son was suicidal and begged to die after bullies teased him due to his height. Quaden was born with the condition achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, and was seen hysterical and in tears as he threatened to kill himself. Now, some skeptical people are calling it an act. They are also accusing Quaden of not being a nine-year-old bullied child, but an 18-year-old, gun-toting, money-hungry scam artist who wants fame. By mid-Friday, the hashtag #hes18 was trending just as much as #IStandWithQuaden.
Otep was quick to respond to the controversy and though she said she understood why people were skeptical, she pointed out that the critiques were another form of bullying.
Otep shared the following video and statement on her official Twitter account. She has also shared Quaden’s story on her official Instagram account.
I understand why the world is cynical but calling this boy a liar is just another form of bullying. Watch:
Living Black S2015 Ep4 – Quaden Bayles https://t.co/LbGftZHx6H
— 👑 OTEP SHAMAYA 👑 (@otepofficial) February 21, 2020
You may see the original video that Yarraka Bayles shared on her official Facebook account below. Now that many are scrutinizing the details of Quaden’s story, some are even calling into question if Yarraka had ulterior motives for filming her son’s breakdown live. Yarraka clearly states in the video that she was looking for help and that Quaden is suicidal on a daily basis due to bullying.
In the video below, you can hear as Quaden asks for a knife to kill himself and says he wants to stab himself in the heart.
This is the impacts of bullying! I seriously don’t know what else to do! 😭
Posted by Yarraka Bayles on Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Otep has continued speaking out in defense of Quaden and has shared and retweeted multiple videos, photos, and articles in his defense.
She shared these photos that show he is nine-years-old and not an 18-year-old.
— Gianni (@splendidgianni) February 21, 2020
What do you think about the Quaden Bayle’s story? Do you believe that he is a nine-year-old child who is being bullied?
Do you agree with those who say hie is really an 18-year-old adult trying to scam people for money? Comedian Brad Williams launched a Go-Fund-Me campaign for Quaden that has raised nearly $400,000 for the little boy.