Celebrities Show Tons of Love to Boy Who Revealed Pain of Bullying: ‘You Are an Absolute Hero’
At this point, it’s highly likely you’ve already seen the Facebook video that Kimberly Jones posted of her son Keaton sharing the pain of bullying. In the clip, which has now been viewed over 17 million times since Ms. Jones uploaded it on Friday, the young man can be seen asking his mother why kids bully.
“What’s the point of it?” he wondered aloud. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not okay.”
Ms. Jones can be heard asking her son what other kids at school do to him, leading Keaton to tell his mother that they make fun of his nose, call him ugly and tell him he has no friends. With tears beginning to run down his face, he also said that they pour milk on him and stuff food into his clothes.
But beyond sharing the pain that bullies make him suffer through, Keaton wanted it to be known that he doesn’t think it’s right that they go after other victims. And, at the end of the video, as he struggles through his emotions, Keaton still manages to provide a word of hope to others going through bullying.
“If you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you,” he said. “Just stay strong, I guess. It’s hard. But…it’ll probably get better one day.”
It didn’t take long for the video to make an impact. And after a while, a number of celebrities took to social media to show Keaton much love and admiration. He also received offers from athletes, sports organizations and media figures to attend games and other events.
Below is just a small sample of the inspiring messages sent Keaton’s way:
@DonteStallworth @Lakyn_Jones hopefully my video and the tweets that Keaton have been getting brings awareness to bullying and how serious it is in our school system pic.twitter.com/1Dujv3RxA5
— Delanie walker (@delaniewalker82) December 9, 2017
Keaton you are a handsome young man who is made in the image God. The kids that bully you are very insecure about themselves. And it’s a shame that the parents of those kids won’t be accountable for their kids actions. Keaton Jones I’m here for you buddy. Be Strong young man
— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) December 10, 2017
Keaton Jones. You sweet soul. You sweet, beautiful soul. You are perfect just as you are. Inspiring and brave. Courageous.❤️ Loved beyond measure. https://t.co/M7XHyxyKQL
— Jaimie Alexander (@JaimieAlexander) December 10, 2017
Stay strong #KeatonJones.. you are an amazingly brave soul – thank you for sharing. It will get better. Those that bully are insecure and karma always comes around. https://t.co/zekqOhxZKx
— Lenny Jacobson (@Lennyjacobson) December 9, 2017
Coach, Keaton Jones is his name and he attends Gibbs elementary in Knox county. We’ve gotta get him on campus and show him some Vol love! ?? @phillipfulmer
— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) December 9, 2017
Hey, Keaton Jones, do you like baseball? Can you let me know? I cover an an amazingly awesome team that you must see, in an amazingly awesome stadium. @Lakyn_Jones, please let me know. Keaton, you are an awesome boy & I have your back! Stay strong, buddy! https://t.co/zamE6UUi5Y
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) December 10, 2017
Meet Keaton Jones a very smart little boy who is being bullied at school. This video is heartbreaking!! I want to bring Keaton to Vegas and hang out at UFC Headquarters. If anyone knows how i can reach the family please let me know. Thank u everyone pic.twitter.com/BR8c4ldDFc
— Dana White (@danawhite) December 10, 2017
Hey, #KeatonJones – you have friends here at the UFC, buddy. Today and everyday. #StandWithKeaton @Lakyn_Jones | @DC_MMA @TWooodley @FelderPaul @SugaRashadEvans @KennyFlorian pic.twitter.com/ZxX0cY1bu7
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
Keaton Jones you are an absolute hero. Anyone know how I can get in touch with this kid? I’ll fly out n have lunch with him at school any day. https://t.co/FmTqdvh8hK
— Mia Kang (@MissMiaKang) December 10, 2017
Keaton I, along with my @CSUFootball and @packers brothers wanted you to know that we stand against bullying. @Lakyn_Jones #StandWithKeaton pic.twitter.com/qReeMlDp71
— Bernard Blake (@BamBam_Blake23) December 10, 2017
Keaton, I’m sorry those kids are being so mean. Unless people like that change they will end up having unhappy lives. I think you’re cool!
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) December 9, 2017
. I need Keaton Jones to appear on Chrisley Knows best , this Kid can change the world and I wanna help him do it .. #keatonbecomesachrisley let’s make this happen .. everyone use the hashtag .
— Todd Chrisley (@toddchrisley) December 10, 2017
America, please meet Keaton Jones. A hero to me. And strong beyond his years. It gets better buddy. Hang in there. Sending love to you. #StopBullying https://t.co/PuEdCL1fmI
— Joe Gatto (@Joe_Gatto) December 10, 2017
Keaton Jones is welcomed down here in Houston, Texas any time. I’d love to bring him with me to a #Rockets game. It’s a shame kids have to deal with this kind of garbage, but I’m willing to bet big bucks he ends up having the last laugh in the Game of Life. https://t.co/FEvnJ3LMZf
— Adam Clanton (@adamclanton) December 9, 2017
@Lakyn_Jones For Keaton: You have friends in us here in Colorado. You’re always welcome at Coors Field and if you ever make it to Denver, please be our guest at a game. Keep your head up and always be yourself, don’t let those bullies win!
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) December 10, 2017
We hear you #KeatonJones. I was bullied constantly growing up. And could never have put into words what you have. It does get better. And it gets better because of who are and what you know and how you share it with all of us. Thank you for your courage. https://t.co/P4cCQtkAnB
— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) December 9, 2017
Update; Good news, apparently some Titans and Vol players are helping Keaton. The school needs this Fixed immediately or people should be fired. If Someone sets up scholarship account for Keaton, let’s raise $. I’ll start with $10,000. $5,10,25 pp would be amazing. https://t.co/IzLGx2e9V6
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) December 10, 2017
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