On Friday, Kimberly Jones picked up her son Keaton early from school because he was too afraid and upset to go to lunch. Then she posted a video of his account of bullying, his plea and hope that it “gets better one day.” Middle schooler Keaton has scars from a tumor operation that have left him scarred.
Mom Kimberly wrote along with the video “My kids are by no stretch perfect, and at home, he’s as all boy as they come, but by all accounts he’s good at school. Talk to your kids. I’ve even had friends of mine tell me kids were only nice to him to get him to mess with people. We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.”
Social media responded in a big way, and so did celebrities. “You got a pal in the Hulk,” tweeted Mark Ruffalo, while Chris Evans invited Keaton to next year’s Los Angeles premiere of “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Tweeted Mark Hamill, “They’re just jealous because you’re so smart & handsome.”
“Add me to your long list of friends Keaton,” tweeted Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“Hey Keaton…I just wanted to say I think you are amazing…I would love for you to be my date to the Pitch Perfect 3 premiere on Tuesday,” Hailee Steinfeld said in a video posted on Twitter. Others reaching out include Patrick Adams (Suits), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Kevin Jonas, Cardi B., Katy Perry, and huge list beyond that.
If you haven’t seen the video…take a look and show your kids. The obvious hurt and damage that bullying inflicts is front and center. Keep the tissues handy.