The story of Keaton Jones is burning up social media.
11-year-old Keaton is a boy from Knoxville, Tennessee. And he was very upset after being bullied at school.
So his mom, Kimberly Jones, interviewed him on video so he could explain to people why he thought bullying was wrong.
“For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch. My kids are by no stretch perfect, & 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 they’re 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.”
Keaton said that bullies poured milk on him and put food down his clothes.
But what was very sweet was he held out hope that things would get better.
And they have, in a very big way.
Since his mother posted the video on Friday, it’s gone super viral. It’s been viewed over 17 million times.
Tennessee Volunteers players said they would be visiting his school to show him some love.
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
Tennesse Titans player Delanie Walker invited Keaton and his family to the Titans game on December 31 and Taylor Lewan said he would visit him at school.
— Delanie walker (@delaniewalker82) December 9, 2017
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
Then the damn broke and people all over the country were tweeting about Keaton and sending messages from all sides of the aisle.
What a powerful message from Keaton Jones of Knox County, through his own pain offering advice for others who are also being bullied. pic.twitter.com/ORfCLGUYr3
— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) December 9, 2017
This is must see. An emotional video is inspiring many to help the cause. https://t.co/gqgMuu1b4G
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) December 10, 2017
Hey #KeatonJones Just saw your video about the tough time you're going through. Not sure if you're a Walking Dead fan but if it happens that you are then please be in touch as I would love to see you and your family @WalkrStalkrCon show in Nashville next year. On me. X
— Tom Payne (@justanactor) December 10, 2017
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
Keaton- hang in there. Keep studying and never lose sight of your dreams. I was bullied and called fat. It gets better. Your bullies have been hurt somehow and that is why they need to hurt. They will fade away. Adventure is out there. #Keatonjones https://t.co/r5pENrI9f3
— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) December 10, 2017
Meet Keaton Jones a very smart little boy who is being bullied at school. This video is heartbreaking!! I want to bring Keaton to Vegas and hang out at UFC Headquarters. If anyone knows how i can reach the family please let me know. Thank u everyone pic.twitter.com/BR8c4ldDFc
— Dana White (@danawhite) 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
People then set up a GoFundMe for Keaton to set up a college fund for him. The Gofundme quotes Ronald Reagan: “We can’t help everyone but everyone can help someone.”
In less than 24 hours, it’s raised almost $30,000 for Keaton.
This tweet really sums it all up:
Dear bullies of Horace Maynard Middle School,
I have a feeling that Keaton Jones kid you make fun of is about to have the greatest week of school that any kid ever had. 😎
— P.J. Davis (@jeeeezpeej) December 10, 2017
People have truly embraced him.
Keaton is going to have a great day when he gets back to school tomorrow.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]