By now, you’ve probably seen the name ‘Keaton Jones’ mentioned by at least one of your favorite celebrities on Twitter. The young student from Knoxville, TE has gone viral after appearing in a heartbreaking video that reveals the true damage bullying causes.
„They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends,” Keaton says through tears in the video posted by his mother, Kimberly, which was reportedly recorded after Keaton had to be picked up from school to avoid lunchtime bullies. Though he goes on to detail how he and other children at his school are teased and tormented, he offers a message of encouragement, and ends the video by telling all victims of bullying that „it’ll probably get better one day.”
The powerful video struck a chord with viewers – including a whole host of famous faces. From Katy Perry, to Demi Lovato, to Chris Evans, celebrities across the board have rallied around Keaton. Though it began as a campaign for peace, which included at least two GoFundMe accounts aimed at helping the Jones family, it has now become shrouded by scandal after several apparently-racist social media posts by Kimberly Jones were uncovered, and speculations were leveled that she had encouraged her son to use racial slurs against his peers. Multiple celebrities have since voiced their continued support for Keaton, despite how troubled the accusations made them feel.
Scroll down to see the most heartfelt celebrity reactions, and be sure to add your thoughts in the comments.
This is Knoxville student Keaton Jones, and this is what he has to say about bullying:
The video, posted by his mom, has now gone viral, and celebrities are rallying around Keaton