A few days ago when Kimberly Jones headed to the school where her son, Keaton, attends to pick him up early, she had no idea what was going to follow would end up causing them to become a cause célèbre and the focus of a large swath of the entertainment industry and sporting world. She had been called to get him because he said he was, “afraid to eat with his schoolmates.” He had long been bullied at the school, but it was continuing to get worse.
This time, fed up with frustration he suggested that she record him talking about his frustrations and experiences, and so she did. The result was this tearful and heartbreaking video where he talks about how, “They pour milk on me and put ham down my clothes, throw bread at me.” Now watched more than 21 million times, it’s struck quite a nerve as it continues to go viral.
It didn’t take long before the video got picked up and started trending across various social media networks. Everyone from Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown to Snoop Dog and most people in between have been sending messages of support and offers of friendship.
@Lakyn_Jones 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 ❤️
— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) December 9, 2017
. I need Keaton Jones to appear on Chrisley Knows best , this Kid can change the world and I wanna help him do it .. #keatonbecomesachrisley let’s make this happen .. everyone use the hashtag .
— Todd Chrisley (@toddchrisley) December 10, 2017
Keaton jones you are a hero. This extremely raw and real moment has brought hope and truth to so many people. Be you and be forever fearless. Never give up. You are loved!
— kevin jonas (@kevinjonas) December 10, 2017
— Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) December 10, 2017
I #StandwithKeaton. Keaton baby, just know you’re not alone. There are so many people who come out of bullying so much stronger and you will be one of them!! God bless you sweetheart. https://t.co/LdCAy2lDHu
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 11, 2017
For more direct bodyguard services, he has no further to look than UFC fighter Paige VanZant
I would love to come meet this guy and provide bodyguard services!!!Connect me as well!!!! Bullies suck!! I won’t stand for it! https://t.co/8IAdTC7Smm
— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) December 10, 2017
Personally my own wish fulfillment would be the image of The Walking Dead’s Negan, complete with Lucille walking into the school to have a conversation with Keaton’s bullies. It’s kind of like the fantasy scene of every bullied kid to see their oppressors have the ever-living heck scared out of them:
My dude. Lotta folks got your back. Me included. I’ll come down and have a chat with anybody getting on your nerves. You’re awesome my man. Be strong. Always. You will win because you are the better man. Believe that. Xojd
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) December 10, 2017
But then it came time for the Avengers to catch wind of it and Mark Ruffalo jumped into the mix:
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 10, 2017
However it was Chris Evans who plays Captain America who wins the prize for most behaving like a superhero. He reached out to Keaton inviting him and his mom to the Avengers premiere in Los Angeles next year.
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
From the kid who thought he was alone in the world to thousands who are now reaching out in support and telling him that his supposition in the video is correct: “It’ll probably get better one day,” he comments just before turning away and the clip ends. Yes, Keaton, it does get better. Sometimes sooner than you might think.
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