Celebrities rally around Tennessee boy whose mother shared heartbreaking video of him pleading with bullies
Unfortunately, bullying is a problem that many children will go through during their time at school. Even if they have the support of kind friends and attentive family members, it is difficult to share a personal experience so painful, and even harder to try and solve the problem. Add on top of that the usual obstacles that kids face during this time in their lives, as they grow up and face new challenges, it can have a significant impact.
One boy from Knoxville, Tennessee, has found the courage to share his story. Not only did Keaton Jones tell his mother, Kimberly, the bullying he was facing at school, but he decided to create a video that could be spread further.
Initially uploading the heartbreaking footage to Facebook, the video depicts his plea to the bullies themselves, asking them why exactly they do this to others. "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".
He then goes on to describe how they taunt him for his appearance, mock him, and even poured milk on him during one incident. On top of this, he's not the only one they target. Keaton's plea then comes to its conclusion as he summarises what he thinks about 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 because it's not okay."
"People that are different, don't need to be criticized about it. It's not their fault. If you are made fun of just don't let it bother you. Stay strong I guess. It's hard. But it'll probably get better one day"
It has since been posted to YouTube and Twitter, gaining an even greater reach as various celebrities started to come out to support and otherwise help Keaton.
The video started to trend on Twitter, where it amassed 75,000 retweets and nearly 200,000 likes just on one upload, with far more gained from the re-posting from people like Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Hailee Steinfeld, Mark Ruffalo, and Katy Perry.
Chris Evans also offered Keaton and his mother the opportunity to be their guests at the Avengers: Infinity War premiere in Los Angeles next year. In addition to this, Hailee Steinfeld asked Keaton to be her date to the Pitch Perfect 3 premiere this week.
Mark Hamill, who will be starring in Star Wars: The Last Jedi this month, tweeted in response:
"Don't waste time wondering why a bully would be so mean - They're sad people who think hurting others will make them feel better because they really don't like themselves"
It just goes to show that despite how awful Keaton feels, there are plenty of people out there that understand what he's going through and are willing to help him on his journey.