The heartbreaking video of an 11-year-old boy brought to tears when he tells his mom about the bullying he's endured at school in the lunchroom has gone viral. Keaton Jones, a Tennessee native, bravely tells the camera that other kids have poured milk on him, put ham down his shirt and made fun of his nose. He goes so far to say that even though he doesn't like when this happens to him, he doesn't like when it happens to other kids just proving that he's wise beyond his age. And with the power of social media, Twitter and Instagram, Keaton's message has gotten to some of the most powerful voices in the world including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Kelsea Ballerini and lots of others from the professional sports community.
Not only has he gotten the attention of millions of people, he's now speaking out again about what kind of impact this video has had on people. "I wanted to spread the word of bullying and how it makes people feel that are impacted by it." However, he never thought that his story was going to get this big. He continued, "I've been bullied most of my life. It really hit drastically in third grade and it's been awful ever since then. They call me mean, horrendous names, like all kinds of awful things. They say nobody likes me, they make fun of my nose, my scars, they've poured milk on me and poured ham down my clothes, thrown bread at me."
Keaton explained, "It makes you feel like you're right under anyone else that bullies you and makes you feel sick and not appreciated by anyone. I don't like going back and thinking about it 'cause it was just awful. It made me feel awful about myself. Made me feel like I was nobody, I was a nobody."
However, there is one person that has been an important figure at school for Keaton and that is one of his teachers. He said, "My first-period teacher has been amazing, she’s let me know that if anyone picks on me, they have to go through her. She’s amazing. I know that I love my family and that's all that matters ... They have been very supportive and been there whenever I needed them...Why do you take someone who is innocent that has never done anything to you, and make them feel like they don't belong? Because we're all human, were all the same."
To raise even more awareness for bullying and the effects it can have on people, the editors here at J-14 have decided to share Keaton's original message as well as the celebrities who have reached out to him.
Who is Keaton Jones?
While still being very young, Keaton has become the face of anti-bullying over the weekend. He has garnered the attention of celebrities, sports stars and politicians. In a world where there are so many terrible things going on, bullying is the last thing we all need. Keaton has continued the fight in saying that bullying is not okay – it's not okay to happen to him or anyone else no matter how different they are. His words are incredibly powerful. Because he is so young, his sister has set up an Instagram page and GoFundMe account to help Keaton get through this. She is also responding to tweets on her personal Twitter account and relaying the messages back to Keaton.
Justin posted the original video of Keaton on Instagram with the caption, "You got a friend in me Lil bro! Hit me on dm and we can chat!!! Love you buddy!!" He also posted another video just speaking on the matter with no caption and said, "The fact that he still has the sympathy and compassion for other people when he's going through it himself is a testament to who he is and this kid is all-time, he's a legend, go check him out. His name is Keaton. Yeah."
Katy chimed into the conversation and said, "This broke my 💔today. Please be kind to one another. #standwithkeaton."
Camila Cabello sent him a message reading, "#StandWithKeaton we love u my friend- we need more of ur kindness.. compassion... bravery.. and honesty in everyone, and the whole world is learning from u- thank u Keaton 💞we all got ur back✊🏼✊🏼."
Snoop Dogg posted the video of Keaton and said, "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 👊🏾☝🏾."
Hailee Steinfeld invited Keaton to be her date to the Pitch Perfect 3 premiere this week. She reached out to his sister on Twitter and asked if the message would be passed along. Hailee said, "Hey Keaton! It's Hailee here. I just wanted to say I think that you are amazing and what makes you so special is that there is only one you. I would love for you, Keaton Jones, to be my date to the Pitch Perfect 3 premiere on Tuesday. So if you would like to go, DM me so we can start planning your trip. I hope to see you there!"
Hailey Baldwin commented on the video of Keaton and said, "We love you buddy! Broke my heart in pieces to see this. You are strong and incredible and you have VALUE. So many people are behind you❤️."
Millie Bobby Brown wrote a series of tweets saying, "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 ❤️." She continued and reached out to Keaton's sister, "Tell him to stay strong! Truly a great person... to all the bully's: take note from Keaton."
Tell him to stay strong! Truly a great person... to all the bully's: take note from Keaton. https://t.co/d5x3FxQTPp— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) December 10, 2017
Demi reached out as well and voiced her opinion. She said, "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."
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
Kelsea even promised to walk into that lunchroom with Keaton next time she was in Knox and handle the situation herself. She said, "buddy next time I make it home to Knox I'm going to walk into that lunchroom with you and watch the bullies say they are sorry to you. you don't deserve that. keep your head up and continue to be kind...you will always Come out on top. sending a hug."
buddy next time I make it home to Knox I'm going to walk into that lunchroom with you and watch the bullies say they are sorry to you. you don't deserve that. keep your head up and continue to be kind...you will always Come out on top. sending a hug. https://t.co/fZn2hbMPKp— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) December 10, 2017
Kevin Jonas wrote, "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!"
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
We have a feeling that as the week goes on, and this video gains more and more attention, there will be more people in the celebrity community reaching out to Keaton and his family. While he may be going through a tough time, things are seemingly getting better and the support he has is massive. We, too, at J-14 stand with Keaton Jones.