A heartbreaking video of a schoolboy talking about his experience of bullying has gone viral.
Keaton Jones, 11, from Tennesse in the US has received support from all over the world since his mum shared the video on Facebook. It’s now had over 19 million views and been shared over 400 000 times.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?” Keaton says. “What’s the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK.”
“For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch,” his mother, Kimberly Jones, wrote.
The video has sparked a huge online reaction from celebrities, with stars including Victoria Beckham, Millie Bobby Brown, Justin Bieber and Rihanna coming forward to offer their support on social media.
Keaton, this is so accurate. Why do people do this? I think your sooo cool Keaton! I wanna be your friend ( but srsly) ur freakin awesome ❤️ https://t.co/LD7Q762bL9
— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) December 9, 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
— Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) December 10, 2017
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
So I got the chance to spend the day with my new best bud Keaton. It was unbelievable to get to know him and realize that we have a lot in common. This dude is very special and has changed my life forever. Now I have the little brother I always wanted! God bless you my man pic.twitter.com/vMHVtnf2rC
— Jarrett Guarantano✞ (@BroadwayJay2) December 11, 2017
A crowdfunding page has also been set up for Keaton to secure his future education. The power of the internet 💪