A boy teased for being “completely different” was flooded with comforting messages from dozens of celebrities over the weekend. This comes after he expressed his each day struggles as a sufferer of bullying in a heart-wrenching video posted on-line.
On Friday, Keaton Jones of Knoxville, Tennessee, described the painful ordeal to his mom Kimberly in a Fb video, the place he breaks down in tears.
“They make enjoyable of my nostril, they name me ugly,” Jones mentioned.”I’ve no mates.”
You may watch your complete clip under — it has been considered no less than 21 million occasions as of Sunday night time:
For the document, Keaton requested to do that AFTER he had he me decide him up AGAIN as a result of he was afraid to go to lunch. My children are by no stretch good, & at house, he is as all boy as they arrive, however by all accounts he is good in school. Discuss to your children. I’ve even had mates of mine inform me they’re children had been solely good to him to get him to mess with folks. Everyone knows the way it feels to need to belong, however solely a choose few know the way it actually feels to not belong wherever.Posted by Kimberly Jones on Friday, December eight, 2017
Throughout lunchtime, the bullying turns from verbal to bodily, Jones says. In response to his mom, the boy requested her to choose him as a result of he was afraid to eat along with his schoolmates.
“They pour milk on me and put ham down my garments, throw bread at me,” the boy mentioned.
He tries to purpose along with his bullies, saying, “Folks which might be completely different do not must be criticized as a result of it is not their fault.”
Nonetheless, Jones supplied recommendation to victims of bullying and the way they’ll deal with it.
“In case you’re being made enjoyable of, do not let it hassle you,” Jones mentioned. “Keep robust I assume. It is exhausting. It should in all probability get higher sooner or later.”
The highly effective, emotional video of his expertise in school rapidly went viral, amassing to greater than 21 million views and 400 shares on Fb because it was revealed, and it reached much more eyeballs because it unfold to different social platforms. On Twitter, lots of of tweets surfaced with the #StandWithKeaton hashtag. It additionally grabbed the eye of celebrities throughout the completely different industries, who pledged to assist Keaton in any approach they’ll.
On Instagram, rapper Snoop Dogg reposted the video of Jones whereas providing phrases of help.
“Say lil Man U gotta buddy in me for all times hit me on dm so we will chop it up love is the one technique to beat hate,” he wrote.
“Captain America” star Chris Evans was additionally the amongst high-profile actors to step up for Jones and even invited him to Los Angeles for the premiere of the following Avengers film.
“Keep robust, Keaton. Do not allow them to make you flip chilly. I promise it will get higher,” Evans wrote on Twitter.
Keep robust, Keaton. Don’t allow them to make you flip chilly. I promise it will get higher. Whereas these punks at your college are deciding what sort of folks they need to be on this world, how would you and your mother like to come back to the Avengers premiere in LA subsequent 12 months? https://t.co/s1QwCQ3toi— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 10, 2017
One other Avengers actor, Mark Ruffalo who performs The Hulk, additionally tweeted his help saying Jones is “about one of many coolest children I’ve ever seen! Cannot wait to fulfill you in particular person, pal.”
Keaton, will you’ve my visitor on the Premiere of #InfinityWar too? I feel you might be about one of many coolest children I’ve ever seen! Can’t wait to fulfill you in particular person, pal. Neglect these ignorant children. In the future, very quickly, they’ll really feel fairly silly for this. https://t.co/BqJLxu25GN— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 11, 2017
Tyler Hen, a large receiver for Jones’ hometown workforce, the Tenneesse Volunteers, mentioned the workforce would present as much as his college Tuesday.
“We going to the center college subsequent Tuesday present younger Man some love we can even TWITTER LIVE a few of it so everybody can present there love and help,” he tweeted.
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