Meet Keaton Jones, a Tennesse student who is being bullied at school. Keaton’s mom, Kimberly, posted a heartbreaking video of Keaton asking why he’s being bullied to her Facebook page that has since gone viral with over 18 million views, and counting.
“They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends,” young Keaton tells his mom with tears in his eyes. “Why do they bully? What’s the point of it?”
Watch for yourself:
I love this boy and I’ve never met him. You are brave and beautiful just as you are, don’t ever let others define who you are. 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 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SjntR2Pksk
— Eva Longoria Baston (@EvaLongoria) December 10, 2017
Monica Lewinsky quickly tweeted her support of Keaton:
keaton, i'm so sorry you're being treated this way. you don't deserve one ounce of this pain. they would be 💫lucky💫 to be friends with you. it'll get better. #KeatonJones #KeatonJonesIsAwesome https://t.co/IZoJQ60eY2
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) December 10, 2017
As did Sean Hannity, who was particularly fired up over it:
If someone can get to me the name of the school, the principal, school board members i will gladly make the calls myself and fix this. Also if anyone knows Keaton and his parents, i will gladly fly them to NYC to be my guest & visit Fox News. https://t.co/uFyp2r2Yn7
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) December 10, 2017
Update; Good news, apparently some Titans and Vol players are helping Keaton. The school needs this Fixed immediately or people should be fired. If Someone sets up scholarship account for Keaton, let’s raise $. I’ll start with $10,000. $5,10,25 pp would be amazing. https://t.co/IzLGx2e9V6
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) December 10, 2017
Bad move, unnamed Tennessee school. You’re about to be really famous.
Update (9:25 pm). Keaton’s going to some movie premiers, too:
Keaton, will you’ve my guest at the Premiere of #InfinityWar too? I think you are about one of the coolest kids I have ever seen! Can’t wait to meet you in person, pal. Forget those ignorant kids. One day, very soon, they are going to feel pretty stupid for this. https://t.co/BqJLxu25GN
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 11, 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
As mentioned above in that Hannity tweet, NFL players from around the league are also now involved.
Delanie Walke, TE Titans:
— Delanie walker (@delaniewalker82) December 9, 2017
Taylor Lewan, OL Titans:
Please help me and the @Titans get Keaton’s information. We will not tolerate bullying. I’ll be seeing you real soon Keaton.
— Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) December 10, 2017
Damon Harrison, DT Giants:
Can someone get me in touch with @Lakyn_Jones or Keaton’s Family? I would love to speak with him today! Thanks guys
— Damon Harrison (@BigDame900) December 10, 2017
Bernard Blake, CB Packers:
— Bernard Blake (@BamBam_Blake23) December 10, 2017
Even the University of Tennesse is sending players in support of Keaton:
We going to the middle school next Tuesday show young Man some love we will also TWITTER LIVE some of it so everyone can show there love and support #vols #StopBullying @cboystunna3 @BroadwayJay2 @JKShuttlesworth @smithtrey98
— Tyler Byrd (@D1fuzzymuffin17) December 9, 2017
Bring a camera because we want to see the faces of the bullies when the cavalry shows up.
More reaction from around Twitter…
From the Colorado Rockies:
@Lakyn_Jones For Keaton: You have friends in us here in Colorado. You’re always welcome at Coors Field and if you ever make it to Denver, please be our guest at a game. Keep your head up and always be yourself, don’t let those bullies win!
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) December 10, 2017
Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers:
Keaton jones you are a hero. This extremely raw and real moment has brought hope and truth to so many people. Be you and be forever fearless. Never give up. You are loved!
— kevin jonas (@kevinjonas) December 10, 2017
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”:
— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) December 10, 2017
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.:
@Lakyn_Jones Hello, Keaton (via your sister)! You may have heard of my parents, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (#MLK) and #CorettaScottKing. I try to honor them and their legacies. I’m so sorry about the pain you’re experiencing because of bullying. You matter. I love you.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) December 9, 2017
Jamie Alexander, actress:
Keaton Jones. You sweet soul. You sweet, beautiful soul. You are perfect just as you are. Inspiring and brave. Courageous.❤️ Loved beyond measure. https://t.co/M7XHyxyKQL
— Jaimie Alexander (@JaimieAlexander) December 10, 2017
Patricia Arquette, actress:
Keaton, I'm sorry those kids are being so mean. Unless people like that change they will end up having unhappy lives. I think you're cool!
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) December 9, 2017
Dr. Phil, television host:
.@lakyn_jones Hey Keaton, bullies are the ones with the problems NOT you. Many are bullied at home and pass it on. Cowards always need an audience. Be strong! I’ll come walk the hall and eat lunch with you anytime. #IstandwithKeaton #Keatonstrong #KeatonJones
— Dr. Phil (@DrPhil) December 10, 2017
Well, no offense Dr. Phil but we’ll take the NFL guys but thanks!
Editor’s note: A typo was fixed in the headline.