According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, more than 20 percent of students have been, or currently are being, bullied. This means more than one out of every five children feel uncomfortable at school, around their peers or at home.
One such student is Keaton Jones from Knoxville, Tennessee. Keaton spends his days at school avoiding the handful of bullies who try their best to make him feel lesser.
But, after one especially tough day at school, Keaton asked his mother, Kimberly, to record an emotional video…
It all began when Kimberly received a call from her beloved boy during his lunch hour. A tearful Keaton explained that one of his bullies actually dumped milk on his shirt and stuffed lunchmeat down his clothing.
This was the last straw for Keaton and he didn’t feel safe at school anymore. Kimberly immediately rushed to the school and picked up Keaton. But, instead of wanting a hug from his mom or a special treat, Keaton asked her to grab her phone and start recording.
Keaton looked into the camera and shared how much bullying can hurt people.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and find a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK… People that are different don’t need to be criticised about it. It’s not their fault. If you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you.”
As soon as Kimberly posted the video on her Facebook page, it was shared by thousands of users and liked by even more. She commented:
“Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch. My kids are by no stretch perfect, and 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 their 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.”
Not only did Keaton’s tearful plea reach local sports teams who promised to stop by his school and straighten out the bullies, but it was also viewed by some of Hollywood’s most famous celebrities.
Mark Ruffalo, who plays The Hulk on the silver screen, posted online and said Keaton has a friend with him. Chris Evans, also known as Captain America, invited Keaton and Kimberly to the Los Angels Premiere of Avengers: Infinity War.
“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?”
It’s clear that bullying is something no one tolerates anymore and it needs to come to an end. Hopefully, people pay attention to Keaton’s story and takes his pain seriously. We all deserve to feel good in our own skin and safe around our peers.
Watch Keaton’s heartbreaking video below, and please SHARE it to show your support for Keaton!