12/11/2017 - In a video that's gone viral, Tennessee middle schooler Keaton Jones tearfully asks, "Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to 'em? It's not okay." Jones has received a wave of widespread supporter from entertainers, athletes and other celebrities.
Jones asked his mother to record the video after she picked him up from school on Friday. Kimberly Jones posted on Facebook that Keaton was afraid to go to lunch at school that day. In the video, Keaton describes how his classmates abuse him, including pouring milk on him at lunchtime.
The video of Keaton had more than 18 million views as of Sunday and someone started a crowdfunding page for his future education.
Chris Evans, who will reprise his role as Captain America in the upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War," took to Twitter to not only share his support, but to invite the young boy to Los Angeles for the film's premiere. Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White offered to let the boy come to Las Vegas to hang out at UFC headquarters. One star is even going as far as to reward the young boy in a big way.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Kimberly Jones took to Facebook again on Saturday afternoon to thank folks for the outpouring of support for her son.
"Friends, overwhelmed is the understatement of the world right now. I love each of you for what you are doing," she said, adding that she couldn't read or respond to all of the messages and invitations to join groups that had inundated her mailbox since the viral video.
"I'm humbled by the voice my boy has been given, but he's still just a little boy, and he's a little boy who desperately wants acceptance, that I have to try to find a way to navigate him through the difference in true acceptance and attention," she wrote. "I know God has His hand in this and I trust that the right things will happen in the right time. In the meantime, bear with us."
Jones could not be reached for a phone interview Saturday.
Union County Public Schools officials also could not be reached for comment Saturday.
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
This is heartbreaking. But the response of support for him is a beautiful thing. Add me to your long list of friends Keaton. https://t.co/NKasvdo00u— Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) December 10, 2017
Damn right! Bullies are straight up wack, corny, cowards, chumps, etc, etc! Keaton keep your head up buddy and push forward! You're the best https://t.co/pqDgay77l9— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 11, 2017
I #StandwithKeaton. Keaton baby, just know you’re not alone. There are so many people who come out of bullying so much stronger and you will be one of them!! God bless you sweetheart. https://t.co/LdCAy2lDHu— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 11, 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