School can be a cruel mistress

Schools are often portrayed as sources of knowledge and wonderful places to make friends and have fun. These portraits are obviously painted by adults who have been out of school for god knows how many years.

Humans tend to remember the best of the past. Anyone who has the memory of a dolphin may recall that school can be a tough place to survive.

The ecosystem in the school is unlike any other. “Strong” ones roam around the halls, looking for an opportunity to capitalize on the weak and assert their dominance. “Weak” ones, on the other hand, start losing their joy and seeing them smile becomes a rare occurrence.

Earlier this week, the world was shaken by the tears of a 9-year-old boy, Quaden Bayles, who was diagnosed with a form of dwarfism. When his mother arrived at his school to pick him up, she was devastated to see her little boy in tears again.

This is the impacts of bullying! I seriously don’t know what else to do! 😭

Posted by Yarraka Bayles on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

According to Yarraka Bayles, this was not their first rodeo. Even though she had repeatedly alerted the school, teachers and the parents bullying just would not stop. Poor Quaden has also attempted to end his life multiple times due to this never-ending cycle.

His school could not solve the issue, and the parents weren’t doing much better either. And then there’s the internet; a space that is oftentimes a source of bullying in itself while other times it’s a joint task force determined to eradicate the nuisance from this Earth.

After the video went viral, comedian Brad Williams, who is also diagnosed with dwarfism, started a campaign to send Quaden and his mom on a trip to Disneyland.

The initial goal of the campaign was just $10, 000. Of course $10, 000 is no small sum, but it is comparatively minuscule to the $100, 000 raised within 24 hours of the fundraiser opening. An enormous amount of support was shown by both strangers and celebrities from all around the world.

Some big names originating from Oceania also recorded themselves to show their support.

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Hugh Jackman

Quaden also came forward in an interview to shed some light on both bullying and to those who were getting bullied.

Some may think that bullying is just a way of “joking around”. That is just not true. Social media increased the severity of bullying drastically. Kids today are just not able to catch a break from their bullies and it is affecting their mental state. Yes, the bullied ones should indeed stand up for themselves but the matter on the hand is too complex to be solved like that.

Parents should also teach their kids some empathy. That way, the number of bullies may decrease and the kids suffering can start enjoying their time once again!

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