It’s heartbreaking knowing anyone is being bullied. It’s especially heartbreaking when that person is your own child. One mom recently took a powerful video of her son crying, describing the pain of being bullied — and the video has now gone viral. It’s now been viewed more than 18 million times on his mom’s Facebook page.
Tennessee student Keaton Jones got emotional when he was sitting his the car with his mom, Kimberly Jones, saying how he was scared to go to lunch because other kids bully him about being ugly and not having friends. He said tearfully, “They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends.”
This is Keaton Jones, he lives in Knoxville and he has a little something to say about bullying.pic.twitter.com/coyQxFp33V
— Everything TN (@Everything_TN) December 9, 2017
But Keaton also talked about how bullying isn’t OK in general — and that we shouldn’t perpetuate, saying, “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 okay! People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault.”
What’s just as important as not bullying, however, is to call out bullying and stop it from continuing. In this way, we all have a part to play, and Keaton sure does his part. He is able to look through his pain to ask the bigger question of why people bully and why it’s wrong.
Some celebrities, like Patricia Arquette and Chris Evans, have responded to Keaton’s video. See their heartwarming responses below (which kind of make us happy cry instead of sad crying):
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, 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
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