A heart-wrenching video of a young boy desperately pleading to be left alone by those who are bullying him has gone viral, with several celebrities coming forward to offer support after they viewed the clip. The dialog began with Keaton Jones, the boy in the video, asking, “Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?”
Keaton was speaking with his mother, Kimberly Jones, as he asked the questions, continuing, “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them?” Through the tears, he adds, “It’s not okay.”
His mom asks, “What did they say to you?” to which Keaton replies, “They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends.”
“What did they do to you at lunch?” Kimberly asks.
“Poured milk on me and put ham down my clothes. Threw bread at me,” Keaton answers with tears rolling down his face.
In the video, Keaton asserts that he’s not the only one being targeted by bullies at his school.
“I don’t like that they do it to me, and I for sure don’t like that they do it to other people because it’s not okay,” Keaton tells his mother.
“People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault. If you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you. Stay strong, I guess. It’s hard,” Keaton adds. “But it’ll probably get better one day.”
Kimberly shared a comment with the video, writing, “For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch.”
She continued, “My kids are by no stretch perfect, & at home, he’s as all boy as they come, but by all accounts he’s good at school. Talk to your kids. I’ve even had friends of mine tell me they’re kids were only nice to him to get him to mess with people. We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.”
The heartbreaking video has been viewed over 17 million times and shared over 350,000 times.
Thousands of Facebook users have come forward to offer their support, including Millie Bobby Brown, a star of the popular show Stranger Things and UFC fighter Paige VanZant.
Multiple players from the Tennessee Titans also came forward, including Delanie Walker who offered Keaton tickets to a game and Tyler Byrd who said he was going to eat lunch with Keaton at school during the upcoming week.
h/t The Daily Mail