Student Keaton Jones made video after being bullied at school
Celebrities across the country have shared their support for a boy from Tennessee after a video about his experiences being bullied at school went viral. Keaton Jones was brave enough to share his story and now stars like Snoop Dogg, Ricky Martin, and Millie Bobby Brown are speaking out against bullying.
“They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends,” Keaton explained to his mom, Kimberly Jones, while she filmed his emotional story. He described his tormentors’ physical acts of aggression, too, saying that they “put milk on me and put ham down my clothes, throw bread on me.” Keaton and his mom decided to make the video because the bullying incidents keep happening. “For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had he me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch,” his mom shared on Facebook alongside the video — that was also shared on Twitter by the account “Everything Tennessee.”
This is Keaton Jones, he lives in Knoxville and he has a little something to say about bullying.pic.twitter.com/coyQxFp33V
— Everything TN (@Everything_TN) December 9, 2017
Keaton’s pleas for a reason why people bully, tease, and terrorize others is a very powerful part of the video. It’s a reminder that bullying behavior can and should be stopped. “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 also shared his compassion for other victims of bullying. “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 explained. “People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault.”
My dude. Lotta folks got your back. Me included. I’ll come down and have a chat with anybody getting on your nerves. You’re awesome my man. Be strong. Always. You will win because you are the better man. Believe that. Xojd— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) 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
Keaton’s emotional message touched a lot of people and quickly went viral. Celebrities started sending their messages of support to the young boy over the weekend. “The Walking Dead” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette sent messages of support on Twitter while Josh Gad posted a video just for Keaton. “We all love you. We all adore you,” Gad said. “And we all stand with you.”
Keaton, this is so accurate. Why do people do this? I think your sooo cool Keaton! I wanna be your friend ( but srsly) ur freakin awesome ❤️ https://t.co/LD7Q762bL9— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) December 9, 2017
Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. 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? https://t.co/s1QwCQ3toi— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) 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
“Keaton, this is so accurate,” tweeted “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown. “Why do people do this? I think your sooo cool Keaton! I wanna be your friend ( but srsly) ur freakin awesome.” Chris Evans also shared his support for Keaton and echoed what many stars said: it gets better. It seems like he’s also working to create something special for the kid.” “Suits” star Patrick J. Adams shared his own bullying stories with Keaton. “I was bullied constantly growing up. And could never have put into words what you have,” he shared.
You are the MAN #KeatonJones. That video is powerful and correct. Bullying is not okay. ✊🏾— terrycrews (@terrycrews) December 11, 2017
Movie, music, TV, and sports stars have used social media to reach out to Keaton. Several have offered to host Keaton for some pretty cool events including UFC President Dana White who offered to fly the student to Las Vegas so he could meet professional wrestlers and boxers. While all the attention has impacted the Jones family, it also shocked them. “Friends, overwhelmed is the understatement of the world right now,” Keaton’s mom shared on Facebook after the video went viral. “I’m humbled by the voice my boy has been given.”