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This Boy With Dwarfism Was The Victim Of Horrible Online Bullying

But his mother just wants to educate people.

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Quaden Bayles is an Australian boy with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. Quaden was diagnosed when he was three days old.

Here's Quaden with his mother, Yarraka. She's become an advocate for dwarfism, with a Facebook page set up to help raise awareness.

A few days ago, Yarraka uploaded video footage of Quaden being introduced to a mirror. In it, Quaden can be seen pulling faces and pressing his hand to the glass as he tries to figure it all out.
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A few days ago, Yarraka uploaded video footage of Quaden being introduced to a mirror. In it, Quaden can be seen pulling faces and pressing his hand to the glass as he tries to figure it all out.

The video was shared more than 500 times and has almost racked up almost 50,000 views. As a result of this, multiple trolls have commented on the video abusing Quaden with lines like "shit, that's one ugly kid."

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Yarraka told BuzzFeed News she posted the video to her personal account, and not that of her advocacy page. She said the video, and the comments on it, have "really sort of snowballed now."

"I just posted the video to show my family, I thought it was funny and cute," she said.

"It was just on my personal page and then I guess a few people shared it and I don't even know the people that commented on it."

Yarraka says the comments, of which most have been deleted, were horrible but that "there's always going to be a few negative [people]. You just gotta shake it off."

Some of the hateful comments were from personal profiles, something Yarraka found amusing."They're such idiots, they posted from their real accounts with their real names and real workplaces. I can only name and shame them""My friends and family actually contacted Dick Smith [the employer of one of the trolls] and I think he has been fired now. He has deleted his Facebook account."
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Some of the hateful comments were from personal profiles, something Yarraka found amusing.

"They're such idiots, they posted from their real accounts with their real names and real workplaces. I can only name and shame them"

"My friends and family actually contacted Dick Smith [the employer of one of the trolls] and I think he has been fired now. He has deleted his Facebook account."

Luckily, the positive people commenting on her video outweighed the negative. Yarraka said that she didn't want to bother with alerting Facebook, as it's something that's bound to happen.

"This isn't the first time and it won't be the last. Facebook can't really do much - it's the risk I take. I wanted to share our story to raise awareness and there's always gonna be someone with a small mind who comes out with negative comments."
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"This isn't the first time and it won't be the last. Facebook can't really do much - it's the risk I take. I wanted to share our story to raise awareness and there's always gonna be someone with a small mind who comes out with negative comments."

"We try not to worry about the negative ones," she said.

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Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

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