“It’s not as rampant as the video would have you believe”, said Principal Greg Clay. “U r my hero for sharing ur story & continuing the conversation about the harm of bullying.Stay Strong!”
“So I got the chance to spend the day with my new best bud Keaton”, Guarantano wrote.
By Sunday night, more than 19 million people had viewed the video.
In the video, Keaton Jones, a sixth-grader at Horace Maynard Middle School, describes having milk poured on him and ham put down his clothes at lunch.
Good guy Chris Evans.This superhero doesn’t wear a cape.
“Captain America” star Chris Evans was also the among high-profile actors to step up for Jones and even invited him to Los Angeles for the premiere of the next Avengers movie.
The post has gone so viral that celebrities far and wide are taking notice and offering their support to young Keaton.
Mark Hamill encouraged Keaton to not be discouraged by bullies but that they were just jealous because “you’re so smart and handsome”.
Country music star Kelsea Ballerini tweeted that the next time she comes home to her native Knoxville, she wants to be with Keaton to witness the bullies apologize. “He’s a legend. Check him out, his name is Keaton”.
“People who are put in positions of adversity like that tend to grow into something handsome and I expect him to do the same”. In September, she spoke out against bullying at a luncheon at the USA mission to the United Nations, encouraging parents to “come together for the good of our children because through them, our future will be defined”. Talk to your kids. “I know several of you have sent me groups or pages or individuals that you feel I really need to read [and] reply to, when I say even those are at least 100s, [and] I’ve gotten thousands besides those, it’s insane”.
He reminded Keaton to remember that bullies are cowards. In some well-publicized cases in recent years, bullying has been so vicious that victims have killed themselves.
– UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017 Keaton, this is so accurate. Why do people do this? I think you are about one of the coolest kids I have ever seen! I wanna be your friend ( but srsly) ur freakin awesome [sic]’ Brown tweeted. ‘Tell him to stay strong!
Members of the Tennessee football team are working to organize a meeting at his school to stop the bullying and raise Keaton’s spirits. “This video is heartbreaking!” I know Delanie offered tickets to him and his family.
The Tennessee Titans stepped up, too.
Likewise, Marvel Games executive director Bill Rosemann took to Twitter to offer the following support. Blindspot actress Alexander wrote, “Keaton Jones”.