‘You sweet soul’: Stars rally around Tennessee middle schooler after bullying video goes viral
A Tennessee mom posted a video of her son’s tearful reaction to being bullied by schoolmates — and now the world is coming to his aid after the video went viral.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?” asked young Keaton Jones as his eyes swam with tears. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not okay.”
“They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends,” Keaton told his mother in a car with tears in his eyes. He added that things even get physical at lunch, when bullies “put milk on me and put ham down my clothes, throw bread on me.”
Keaton’s mother Kimberly said that she filmed the video after she came to school to pick up her son for the second time because he was too afraid to go to lunch in the school cafeteria.
“We all know how it feels to want to belong,” she wrote, “but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.”
As the video began to spread, said People magazine, stars like Millie Bobby Brown of Netflix’ “Stranger Things” tweeted their support.
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
Tell him to stay strong! Truly a great person… to all the bully's: take note from Keaton. https://t.co/d5x3FxQTPp
— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) December 10, 2017
Mark “The Hulk” Ruffalo sent his support.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 10, 2017
Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette and others joined in.
Keaton, you show here you have empathy. That's what is going to make you an amazing man & friend.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) December 9, 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
#keatonjones is my inspiration this weekend. Stand up for Keaton
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) December 9, 2017
This video broke my heart because I asked many of the same questions when I was a kid and was bullied relentlessly in elementary school. Hope you'll check-out the original Facebook post and leave Keaton Jones, and his mom, a message.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) December 9, 2017
Hey Keaton Jones … From a kid who was bullied everyday in school … One day those kids will talk about how they knew you once … While they serve you fast food or cut your lawn ….. You'll have a precious life and they will be stuck in the middle …..
— Zach Myers (@ZMyersOfficial) December 10, 2017
Watch the heartbreaking video, embedded below: