“They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly, they say I have no friends. The poured milk on me and put ham down my clothes – people that are different don’t deserve to be criticised about it. It’s not their fault.”
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully, what’s the point of it? Why do they enjoy taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them. It’s not OK. If you are made fun of, don’t let it bother you. It sucks, it’s hard, but it’ll probably get better one day.”
These were the compassionate words young Keaton Jones choked out through tears in a video taken by his mother Kimberley, after she was called to pick up her son from school. He was too scared to be out in the playground at lunch time for fear he would be targeted by bullies.
The video, which at the time of writing has been shared over 400,000 times, is truly heartbreaking.
“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. We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere,” Kimberley wrote alongside her son’s plea.
Sadly, children, and adults even, are bullied everyday. But something about Keaton and his concern for other kids suffering at the hands of bullying struck a chord with the world, including some of Hollywood’s biggest names.
From The Avengers stars, Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo, to the likes of Demi Lovato, Katy Perry and Eva Longoria, thousands of people have sent messages of support Keaton through the viral hashtag, #StandwithKeaton.
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) 10 December 2017