The viral video of a 9-year-old Australian boy named Quaden Bayles, who has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism has made a joke out of the debate about his age.
The Australian kid received an outpouring of support after a heartbreaking video of him crying went viral. But some social media users reacted by claiming he’s 18 years old and is simply trying to finesse people.
In the video he asks for a knife so he can kill himself. His mother tells the camera that her son has, in fact, previously attempted suicide. “This is what bullying does,” she says, with aching emotion. “Can you please educate your children, your families, your friends?
The video has prompted celebrities to share messages of support, and a GoFundMe created by American comedian Brad Williams, who has achondroplasia raise more than $440,000 for a trip to Disneyland in California.
Quaden also appeared in a video with his aunt and cousins were he said he’s 9 years old.
He has now poked fun at those claiming he’s 18 by sharing a photoshopped image of his face on a taller body, thereby making him look 18 as his critics claim.
“Guess how old I am in this pic,” he captioned the photo and added a face with tears of joy emoji.