Viral video of bullied child raises cash and questions

Lawrence Cooper
December 12, 2017

Over the weekend, hearts melted and poured out for Keaton Jones, an 11-year-old from Knoxville, Tennessee, who was bullied by fellow classmates at school, after his mother posted a video of him on social media. "Stranger Things" actress Millie Bobby Brown, who is 13, tweeted, "I wanna be your friend".

After watching Keaton's video, there's a reality many are thinking of when it comes to his message.

Keaton Jones is shining a spotlight on school bullying. He described having milk poured on him, ham stuck down his trousers and bullies making fun of his nose.

"It'll probably get better one day", he said, sounding unconvinced.

"They make fun of my nose", he said in the video, which Jones posted on Facebook on Friday with a plea for parents to talk to their children about bullying.

Celebrities in sports and Hollywood voiced their support for Jones on social media, with many like Fox News host Sean Hannity and President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., offering to help him and his family out.

Public attention to bullying tends to come in waves, surging around cases like Keaton's before falling off again. Why do people do this? Truly a great person... to all the bully's: take not from Keaton'.

On Sunday, Keaton's sister Lakyn took to Twitter to thank everyone who shared the kind messages of support to her brother.

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His school and staff spoke out against complaints that they weren't doing enough to stop bullying like Keaton's, according to USA Today. This video is heartbreaking!

"I've spent most of my life being bullied and judged because I wasn't racist".

"I knew it could be great and I knew it could be bad, and it has been", she said.

Some called Kimberly Jones' alleged post racist and said they no longer had sympathy for Keaton.

Tennessee Titans football star Delanie Walker offered Keaton tickets to an upcoming game, and even recorded a video of himself reading a poem just for Keaton.

But while people were quick to show their support for Keaton, there was something dark going on under the surface.

"No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn", the first lady said.

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