Bullied Boy Gets Amazing Show of Support

His anti-bullying video went viral, reached celebrities
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2017 3:47 AM CST

(Newser) – "They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly," Tennessee middle schooler Keaton Jones says in a heartbreaking anti-bullying video originally uploaded to Facebook Friday. "I have no friends." But after the video was shared more than 430,000 times and viewed more than 20 million times, his friends now include rappers, Hollywood stars, and football players, CBS News reports. Snoop Dogg shared the video, calling Keaton a "friend for life," while Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, invited him to the premiere of Avengers: Infinity Wars. Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker recorded a video supporting Keaton and offered him tickets, and University of Tennessee wide receiver Tyler Byrd said several players plan to visit the boy at school next week, the Washington Post reports.

In the video, which mother Kimberly Jones says she recorded after she picked him up because he was afraid to go to lunch, Keaton sobs as he describes how he's bullied both verbally and physically, KWCH reports. "They pour milk on me and put ham down my clothes, throw bread at me," he says, offering advice to other victims of bullying: "Stay strong, I guess. It's hard. It will probably get better one day." In another Facebook post that now seems to be taken down, Kimberly Jones said the response had been overwhelming and she was "humbled by the voice my boy has been given." Keaton's many other supporters included Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, who tweeted: "I wanna be your friend ( but srsly) ur freakin awesome."

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