On Friday, a student’s story went viral after his mother, Kimberly Jones, shared a video of her tearful son describing the bullying he endures at school. In the video Keaton Jones details how classmates have poured milk on him, made fun of his appearance and called him “ugly.” The upset child questions the bullying and encourages those that are bullied to be strong: “People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault, but if you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you. They suck I guess.”
Kimberly explains in the video that the video was taken after she picked up her song from school because he was afraid to go to lunch: “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. We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.”
Hollywood has heard the message loud and clear and have responded to it in their own ways. Virtually every celebrity from Kevin Jonas to Cardi B, Millie Bobby Brown to Snoop Dogg have been digitally comforting the star and standing behind his message.
“Say lil Man U gotta friend in me for life hit me on dm so we can chop it up love is the only way to beat hate,” Snoop Dogg encouraged.
“I love this boy and I’ve never met him. YOU are an angel my friend, don’t ever let others define who you are. You are brave and beautiful just as you are,” Eva Longoria penned to the youngster on Instagram. “Bullies are insecure and ignorant. Words create emotional poison, don’t listen to them so that poison doesn’t ever get to your pure heart. I think you are a special human being that deserves nothing but happiness. And you will have it. Many blessings to you. And when you think you don’t have the strength, you should know I’m sending you all my energy to help you through.”
“As a father but really just as a human with a heart this breaks my heart makes me mad it’s not ok,” Orlando Bloom added.
— Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) December 10, 2017
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
It truly warms our hearts to see the support these celebs and others have shown Keaton. Here is a message of our own:
“Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten.”