anti-bullying by Julia Ismail December 11, 2017
Many celebrities have come out to support a young boy by the name of Keaton Jones from Knoxville, Tennessee.
You’ve probably seen the video again and again over the weekend, but just in case you haven’t, (or you’re a masochist who like to feel your heart ripping out of your chest) here it is:
The video shows Keaton in a tearful discussion with his mother regarding bullying at his school.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What — what’s the point of it?”
During lunch, students would throw bread and pour milk on him. And as if that wasn’t heart-wrenching enough, he ends the video with the most positive advice he could think of:
“If you’re being made fun of, don’t let it bother you. Stay strong I guess. It’s hard. It will probably get better one day.”
Well, he was right.
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
I dig this kid. "People that are different don't need to be criticized about it." Preach it, young brother. #StandWithKeaton (cc @Lakyn_Jones) https://t.co/R2IcKIEM5N
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) December 11, 2017
You are the MAN #KeatonJones. That video is powerful and correct. Bullying is not okay. ✊🏾
— Terry Crews (@terrycrews) December 11, 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
Hi @Lakyn_Jones, could you pass this message along to Keaton? ❤ pic.twitter.com/3l8P4fKAqW
— Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) December 10, 2017
Who ever goes to this boy school ,If you pick on him you not even a bully YOU A STRAIGHT UP PUSSY ASS PUNK ASS BITCH .Like how you pick on somebody who can’t defend them self ? THATS NOT GANGSTA ! If you a parent or somebody big sis or big bro show your kids this video and show them why they should not bully others !!😡😡😡 👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽
Damn right! Bullies are straight up wack, corny, cowards, chumps, etc, etc! Keaton keep your head up buddy and push forward! You're the best https://t.co/pqDgay77l9
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 11, 2017
The power of the messages to rally around Keaton and the anti bullying movement have been remarkable. A gofundme has been set up to raise money for Keaton’s college fund. In less than 24 hours over 22K has been raised. #StandWithKeaton https://t.co/wAv76PRYGo pic.twitter.com/nuWVVd54HT
— Davey Hudson (@Davey_Hudson) December 10, 2017
We’ve seen too many victims of bullying appear on social media. Four days ago we witnessed beloved adult film star August Ames take her life in what was a result of a cyber-bullying attack.
Although Keaton was a target himself, he can now say that he has many friends all over the world who will be there with him throughout the rest of his life.
Keaton, you are one of a kind for opening up. We know you’ll never have to worry about bullying again!
As for the Keaton’s mother, we’ll leave this here:
That viral video of #KeatonJones talking about being bullied is heartbreaking, and I feel sympathetic towards that child.
But his mom, Kimberly on the other hand, is a suspected racist who makes very problematic posts bullying Black protesters #TheIrony pic.twitter.com/NUhidunP8z
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) December 11, 2017