A schoolboy who said he wanted to kill himself after cruel bullies taunted him over his dwarfism has been offered MMA training by a legendary martial artist.
The heartbreaking video of nine-year-old Quaden Bayles in tears after a bullying incident sparked an outpouring of tributes and messages of support across the world.
Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman told the youngster he “had a friend in me”, while a comedian has managed to raise more than £230,000 on a GoFundMe page to send the youngster and mum Yakarra to Disneyland.
Now, a martial arts Hall of Famer has offered to teach the youngster how to fight.
Hugh Jackman tells bullied schoolboy Quaden Bayles 'you have a friend in me'
Mum shares heartbreaking video of disabled son, 9, moments after being bullied
Chatri Sityodtong, the founder of Singapore-based fighting promotion ONE Championship, posted a video to Twitter yesterday saying: “I’d like to extend to you and your family an all-expenses paid trip to Singapore.
"I own a wonderful martial arts school called Evolve Mixed Martial Arts.
“It has an incredible children’s programme that bullet-proofs kids.
“If you have time this summer, I would like to invite you and your family as my personal guests to Singapore.”
Chatri, who was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame last year, told The Straits Times that he wanted to help the boy because he “wanted to use your power to help those who are powerless”.
“It will help us bring attention to bullying too,” he added.
“I will teach him personally myself with the Evolve instructor team to bully-proof Quaden.
“Let's do everything we can to raise awareness and rally the world to come to Quaden's aid.”
The fighter later updated his followers to say Quaden had accepted his invitation to learn martial arts.
More than 20million people have seen Yarraka’s video since it was posted on Tuesday.
In it, the poor youngster from Brisbane, Queensland, told his mum to “give me a knife, I want to kill myself”.
A tearful Yarraka explained how her son had become suicidal in recent years after being bullied “every day”.
The confronting video even grabbed the attention of Donald Trump’s son, Eric, who described the clip as “absolutely heartbreaking”.
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
The NSPCC also offers advice to parents and carers worried about their children being bullied.
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