Keaton Jones, a student at Horace Maynard Middle School in Maynardville in Union County, Tennessee, sparked a national conversation about bullying after her mom capture his tearful reaction on video over the weekend.
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The clip, who has a over 20 million views on Facebook, Keaton said other students made fun of the way he looks, poured milk on him, put ham down his clothes and said he had no friends.
“People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it,” Keaton said. “It’s not their fault. But if you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you. Stay strong I guess. It’s hard. But it’ll probably get better one day.”
The viral clip is getting waves of support from celebrities who are sending messages of love through Twitter under the hashtag #IStandWithKeaton.
“Keaton, the bullies won’t win. You are strong, you are loved and you have a lot of support and friends who are standing with you and your family,” Jon Bon Jovi said.
The outpouring of support went on and on, with A-listers like Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber posting personalized videos on Instagram showing Keaton their unconditional support.
“The fact that he still has the sympathy and compassion for other people when he’s going through it himself is a testament to who he is,” Bieber said in a video.
Check our video to learn more about Keaton’s inspirational story.