A young Tennessee student has spoken out against those who bully him and others in a video clip that’s going viral on the Internet.
Celebrities are using Twitter to rally behind this young man after an emotional video showing the boy crying about being bullied.
Keaton Jones, a young boy from Knoxville, became a hero after his mother shared a video of his heartbreaking story on Facebook. Keaton was sitting in the car with his mom because he was afraid to go to lunch, and described how the other kids were bullying him.
“They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends,” Keaton told his mother as he started to cry.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?” he asked. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not okay.”
Keaton said he also is sad for others who suffer through similar situations.
“I don’t like that they do it to me. And I, for sure, don’t like that they do it to other people, cause it’s not okay!” he told his mother. “People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault.”
Keaton’s message went viral, catching the attention of several celebrities who wanted to reach out and offer their support.
“Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold,” Chris Evans tweeted Sunday. “I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year?”
Keaton has received tons of invitations like Evans’ since the video has been out, including being invited as Hailee Steinfield’s date to the “Pitch Perfect 3” premiere. Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker invited Keaton and his family to a New Year’s Eve game against Jacksonville.
“Keaton, this is so accurate,” wrote "Stranger Things" star Millie Bobby Brown on Twitter. “Why do people do this? I think your sooo cool Keaton! I wanna be your friend ( but srsly) ur freakin awesome.”
Many other athletes, actors, and well-known figures, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice, also sent messages of support on social media.
“Friends, overwhelmed is the understatement of the world right now,” Keaton’s mother, Kimberly, wrote on Facebook Saturday afternoon. “I’m humbled by the voice my boy has been given, but he’s still just a little boy & he’s a little boy who desperately wants acceptance, that I have to try to find a way to navigate him through the difference in true acceptance & attention.”
“I know God has His hand in this, & I trust that the right things will happen in the right time.”
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