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How wrong information about Quaden Bayles spread and led to a senior journalist having to resign

A nine-year-old boy with dwarfism has fallen victim to false and nasty wrong information about his age after he became known in a viral video about bullying.

Quaden Bayles’ mother Yarraka filmed the schoolboy crying and said he wanted to end his life after being seriously bullied by his classmates.

In the aftermath of the heartbreaking visual material that went viral last Wednesday, Quaden has been flooded with the support of celebrities, athletes and musicians around the world.

But false rumors that question Quaden’s age and the Bayles family have spread online, with well-known media figure Miranda Devine jumping on the poisonous cart.

Quaden Bayles, a nine-year-old boy with dwarfism, has spread misinformation about his age and message since a video of him saying he wanted to kill himself in response to bullying last week went viral

Quaden Bayles, a nine-year-old boy with dwarfism, has spread misinformation about his age and message since a video of him saying he wanted to kill himself in response to bullying last week went viral

Online trolls have wrongly accused the nine-year-old Quaden Bayles of being an 18-year-old man. They claimed that this photo made him drink wine - but had subtly cut the Appletiser bottle next to him on the table

Online trolls have wrongly accused the nine-year-old Quaden Bayles of being an 18-year-old man. They claimed that this photo made him drink wine - but had subtly cut the Appletiser bottle next to him on the table

Online trolls have wrongly accused the nine-year-old Quaden Bayles of being an 18-year-old man. They claimed that this photo made him drink wine – but had subtly cut the Appletiser bottle next to him on the table

The News Corp journalist retweeted a video from Quaden showing cash, accompanied by text that falsely claims that the schoolboy was actually a paid actor.

“Quaden Bayles is an Australian actor whose mother, Yarraka, sobbed a fake video of him,” said the misleading tweet.

“The MSM [mainstream media] and Hollywood fell for it and received $ 300K + in donations.

‘Here Quaden counts his acting money. Will Quaden’s mother return the donations? “

Devine apparently fed the wrong information and wrote: “That is really rotten if this was a scam. Does real bully victims. “

One of Devine’s followers wrote that it would be a “crime” and “child abuse” if Quaden’s video was a scam.

News Corp journalist Miranda Devine retweeted a video from Quaden with cash, accompanied by text claiming that the schoolboy was actually a paid actor

News Corp journalist Miranda Devine retweeted a video from Quaden with cash, accompanied by text claiming that the schoolboy was actually a paid actor

News Corp journalist Miranda Devine retweeted a video from Quaden with cash, accompanied by text claiming that the schoolboy was actually a paid actor

One of Devine’s followers wrote that it would be a “crime” and “child abuse” if the video from Quaden turned out to be a scam

She answered: “Yes. Exactly. On the case. “

Devine then wrote: “And coaching the child to say those things that no nine-year-old would say.”

A number of Twitter users said that Devine should actually check before they spew such opinions on social media.

In a reaction to an article that invalidates myths about Quaden’s age, Devine wrote: “I never said anything about his age. That is an unfair distraction. ”

ABC journalist Matthew Bevan said that Devine “should remove this immediately”, while Paul Barry, host of Media Watch, said she should go “one step higher.”

“Because if Miranda Devine thinks for a moment about whether it would check, as any good journalist would, she would know it is nonsense, and she shouldn’t retweet it and suggest it might be true,” Barry wrote.

Another postal circuit claimed that Quaden was actually an 18-year-old man and not a nine-year-old elementary school student

Another postal circuit claimed that Quaden was actually an 18-year-old man and not a nine-year-old elementary school student

Another postal circuit claimed that Quaden was actually an 18-year-old man and not a nine-year-old elementary school student

Quaden (photo on the far left) was actually present on the 18th birthday of a friend named Garlen

Quaden (photo on the far left) was actually present on the 18th birthday of a friend named Garlen

Quaden (photo on the far left) was actually present on the 18th birthday of a friend named Garlen

“Don’t you expect standards from such a prominent columnist?”

Another message circulating on Twitter said that Quaden’s high-profile Instagram page and lucrative modeling career was proof that he “scammed everyone.”

The prosecutor also pointed to a photo of Quaden at an 18th birthday party and said the celebrations were for him.

In the heart-wrenching images shared last week, Quaden – who has the most common type of dwarfism, called achondroplasia – sees the camera in sobs and says he is suicidal because he is being bullied relentlessly.

He said to his mother, “Give me a rope, I want to commit suicide.”

Quaden leads the native All Stars to the field on Saturday with Captain Joel Thompson

Quaden leads the native All Stars to the field on Saturday with Captain Joel Thompson

Quaden leads the native All Stars to the field on Saturday with Captain Joel Thompson

“I just want to put myself in the heart … I want someone to kill me.”

Quaden also scratched his neck and said, “I want to die … I want to scratch myself.”

Mrs. Bayles publicly shared the video on Facebook in an effort to raise awareness about the consequences of bullying.

The nine-year-old was invited to take the Indigenous All-Stars NRL team on the field at Cbus Super Stadium, on the Gold Coast, when they took the Maori All-Stars on Saturday.

Mrs. Bayles said that Quaden had gone “from the worst day of his life to the best day of his life” after being asked to lead the NRL team.

Quaden Bayles' mother Yarraka filmed the schoolboy crying in the car where he said he wanted to end his life after being seriously bullied by fellow classmates

Quaden Bayles' mother Yarraka filmed the schoolboy crying in the car where he said he wanted to end his life after being seriously bullied by fellow classmates

Pictured: Car in the car

Pictured: Car in the car

Quaden Bayles’ mother Yarraka filmed the schoolboy crying in the car where he said he wanted to end his life after being seriously bullied by fellow classmates

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