From what we can see, Keaton Jones is a typical middle schooler from the Knoxville, Tenn., area. But he has one problem: bullies. And they target him. A lot. Things have gotten so bad that he often gets his mother, Kimberly, to pick him up from school, and this past Friday was no different. He was bullied yet again, but this time Keaton’s mom recorded her son talking about this day and how perplexed he is at the idea of being mean to someone, just because.
“Why do they bully?” he asks at the start of the clip. “They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends.”
“What did they do to you at lunch?” his mom can be heard asking, and he proceeded to list all the crap he endured. But despite his obvious distress, Keaton still had words of encouragement for others who are suffering from the same kind of treatment.
“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 OK!” he said, as tears streamed down his face. “People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it, because it’s not their fault. If you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you.”
His parting words? “Stay strong, I guess. It’s hard, but it will probably get better one day.”
Amazing, right? Kimberly should be proud of her son and his strength, and she probably recorded it because it’s the kind of thing a parent does. Document something awful that’s going on as evidence to bring back to the school so they can, hopefully, take the next steps to ensure his safety.
But Keaton and his family probably didn’t expect such an outpouring of support. Perhaps it’s his effort to stay strong in the face of being bullied that has brought so many people, particularly famous peeps, to Keaton’s side.
Meet Keaton Jones a very smart little boy who is being bullied at school. This video is heartbreaking!! I want to bring Keaton to Vegas and hang out at UFC Headquarters. If anyone knows how i can reach the family please let me know. Thank u everyone pic.twitter.com/BR8c4ldDFc
— Dana White (@danawhite) December 10, 2017
— Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) December 10, 2017
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
Keaton, will you’ve my guest at the Premiere of #InfinityWar too? I think you are about one of the coolest kids I have ever seen! Can’t wait to meet you in person, pal. Forget those ignorant kids. One day, very soon, they are going to feel pretty stupid for this. https://t.co/BqJLxu25GN
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 11, 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
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
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
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
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 !!😡😡😡 👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽
It DOES get so much better, Keaton! As a kid I was bullied for being a butterball. It hurt like hell. But you seem to understand that it’s THEM not you. Bullies are always deficient assholes; you are a clearly a soulful person. And that has earned you a friend (& fan) over here! https://t.co/tKXcA1DtjI
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 10, 2017
I’m your friend, Keaton Jones. You’re a more intelligent and more compassionate human being than any of the people bullying you. I’m inspired by you and things will get better because you are speaking out. Love and strength to you, dude!
— Will Poulter (@PoulterWill) December 10, 2017
Keaton, I’m sorry those kids are being so mean. Unless people like that change they will end up having unhappy lives. I think you’re cool!
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) December 9, 2017
I love this boy and I’ve never met him. YOU are an angel my friend, don’t ever let others define who you are. You are brave and beautiful just as you are. Bullies are insecure and ignorant. Words create emotional poison, don’t listen to them so that poison doesn’t ever get to your pure heart. I think you are a special human being that deserves nothing but happiness. And you will have it. Many blessings to you. And when you think you don’t have the strength, you should know I’m sending you all my energy to help you through. 🙏🏻 #Repost @brian_atwood ・・・ ❤️❤️❤️him. This Bullying Shit has got to stop!!! @thewaronbullying …Schools must have a #notolerance towards this!! This is heartbreaking and unfair. Bullies are such whimps . STOP #bullying @25park No one deserves to be bullied!!! Spread LOVE not HATE
Keaton you are awesome for sharing like this – you set an example for us all. Just want you to know you are welcome to any @GoodCharlotte show anytime you want, we would love to meet you dude! https://t.co/msQuVfN0DL
— Joel Madden (@JoelMadden) December 10, 2017
I was bullied. To everyone who is going through this now: I know it’s hard and it seems like it will never get better, like it will never end. But it will. I promise you. Be strong. https://t.co/bnVRNBtblW
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 11, 2017
What an amazing kid you are, Keaton. Looks like a lot of people have your back.