Bullying can be physical, verbal or even emotional. Kids shouldn’t have to deal with it. Yet, most kids are bullied because of their looks, shape or race. However, more than 1/2 of the kids bullied don’t report it.
Recently one mom, Kimberly Jones, posted a video of her son in hopes it would encourage other parents to talk to their children about bullying. Her son, Keaton, a young boy from Knoxville, Tennessee has become an internet sensation because of his mom’s heartbreaking story posted on Facebook.
The video shows Keaton sitting in the car with his mom. He’s explaining to his mom why he was afraid to go to lunch. Keaton describes how the kids were bullying him.
Keaton started to cry as he told his mother,
“They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends.”
Keaton asked why kids bully other kids. He ended the video with a message to other kids who have been bullied to give them hope. The video has gone viral – over 18 million have viewed the video.
“They pour milk on me and put ham down my clothes, throw bread at me,” the boy said.
Keaton’s message to others,
“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! People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault.”
Many agreed with Keaton and his message on bullying. So much so, in fact, that several actors, athletes, musicians and other big name celebrities used social media to rally behind Keaton in his support.
Actors Chris Evans, Millie Bobby Brown and Patricia Arquette are just a few of the celebrities who have reached out on Twitter to give Keaton some hope.
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://twitter.com/halfadams/status/939626668641067008 …
“Say lil Man U gotta friend in me for life hit me on dm so we can chop it up love is the only way to beat hate,” he wrote.
A wide receiver for Jones’ hometown team, the Tennessee Volunteers, Tyler Bird posted on Twitter,
“We going to the middle school next Tuesday show young Man some love we will also TWITTER LIVE some of it so everyone can show there love and support.”
Sounds like Keaton Jones has a lot of new friends. New friends that have reached out to him to make him feel better about himself. New friends that are going to give him opportunities that he never could have even imagined. Just amazing! All this from speaking up about bullying! Good for you Keaton!