His name is Keaton Jones. He is from Knoxville, Tennessee and his video is heart-wrenching.
His mother posted to her Facebook page a video of Keaton that has now been viewed hundreds of thousands of times and has prompted a wave of support. In the video he talks about how other kids pour milk on him, put ham in his clothes and call him ugly which makes him afraid to go to lunch.
In response to his video people like, Chris Evans reached out to him;
Along with Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Mark Hamill. Even country music stars like Kip Moore and Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and others stepped up.
Every parent should show their kids this video.. my mom or dad woulda kicked my ass if I bullied other kids and you should punch your own face if your kid does this shit! Lazy ass parenting. This is a special kid, and his self awareness is pretty unique for someone his age. Thanks for sending my way kristin. Show your damn kids the video and how not to treat people.
THIS BOY. Talk to your children, y’all. I’m 27 and STILL deal with this nonsense. Enough bullying. Enough cowardly online hate. We’re human beings. Be brave like Keaton. https://t.co/D13U1qYyGU
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) December 11, 2017
Stay strong Keaton. Takes a lot of courage to send such an honest message like this to the world. For anyone being bullied out there, it WILL get better. Until then, there are two 6 foot 4 inch brothers that have your back. https://t.co/Ye25jyYymJ
— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) December 11, 2017
Celebrities appear to be standing by KEATON JONES, the Tennessee middle schooler who went viral when his mother posted a video of him crying about being bullied. Even though there have been some confusing developments.
Someone found a Facebook page that supposedly belonged to Keaton’s mother Kimberly. And on that page, they found pictures of people proudly holding Confederate flags.
In one photo, Keaton is holding an American flag, standing next to a kid with the Confederate flag. Kimberly also allegedly posted a message to, quote, “Butt hurt Americans”, which may have been a response to the violence in Charlottesville.
After this came out, Kimberly made her Facebook account private.
Meanwhile, Instagram accounts started popping up, claiming to belong to either Keaton or Kimberly. Some even asked for donations. They turned out to be FAKE.
There was also a GoFundMe page called “Stand Up for Keaton” that was shut down after raising about $57,000. The guy who started it is NOT part of Keaton’s family, but he claims to be sincere, and GoFundMe is working with him to make sure Keaton gets the money.
A young woman named Lakyn Jones, who says she’s Keaton’s sister, has been standing up for the family on Twitter. She said they never planned on making money off this, and have nothing to do with any fundraising campaigns.
She also denied that her mom is a racist, saying she’s just, quote, “a strong southern woman.”
She also denied a rumor that the reason Keaton was being bullied is because HE was calling other kids the N-word. Quote, “Those who know me and my family know we aren’t racist. My brother doesn’t say the ‘N’ word. Please leave it alone.”
Anyway, some celebrities made sure to reaffirm their support for Keaton. Like PATTON OSWALT, who Tweeted, quote, “Keaton didn’t get to choose the family that raised & shaped him . . . How ’bout showing him that people of all races & creeds can come together? Change things, maybe? Show him a better world?”
And JEMELE HILL from ESPN called it a “teachable moment.”