Keaton Jones couldn’t understand why he was being bullied at his Tennessee school.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?” Keaton asked his mother Kimberly Jones, who posted her son’s message to Facebook on Friday. “What's the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to? It's not OK! ”
Jones said he had to pick up her son from school because he was afraid to go to lunch and recorded the video upon his request.
“My kids are by no stretch perfect, & at home, he's as all boy as they come,” Jones wrote beneath the video. “Talk to your kids...we all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.”
In the video, Keaton tearfully said students would make fun of his appearance and tell him he has no friends. Bullies even poured milk on him and placed ham down his clothes, he told his mother.
“People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it,” Keaton says. “It’s not their fault.”
He also offered some advice to those who were targeted by bullies.
“If you are made fun of just don’t let it bother you,” Keaton says. “Stay strong, I guess. It’s hard. It’ll probably get better one day.”
The video, which has garnered 19 million views as of Sunday night, quickly grabbed the attention of celebrities and athletes offering their support for Keaton.
“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?” actor Chris Evans tweeted Sunday.
“Say lil Man u gotta friend in me for life hit me on dm so we can chop it up love is the only way to beat hate,” rapper Snoop Dogg wrote in an Instagram post.
Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White said he wanted to bring Keaton to Las Vegas to hang out at UFC headquarters.
“Keaton baby, just know you’re not alone,” singer Demi Lovato tweeted. “There are so many people who come out of bullying so much stronger and you will be one of them!! God bless you sweetheart.”
Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker, in a video he made for Keaton, recited a poem by Buddha and said: “Always remember that you can be whoever you want to be. Hopefully this video and all the tweets that are being put out there make awareness to stop bullying.”
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
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
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