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 are rallying around Keaton, and it’s completely restoring our faith in humanity. New Jersey resident Joseph Lam has even set up a GoFundMe page to support Keaton’s future, which has already raised almost 47 thousand dollars.
“We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere,” Kimberly Jones writes on Facebook. Hopefully, if more kids like Keaton come forward with their stories, the cycle of bullying and isolation will be broken.
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