A Tennessee middle schooler has put a face on bullying that is resonating far and wide.
Keaton Jones sobbed as his mom shot a cellphone video of the boy, who described how his classmates had abused him by pouring milk on him, among other things.
Keaton tearfully asks,"Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to 'em? It's not okay."
His mom received an outpouring of support and wrote on her Facebook page, "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."
The clip was tweeted out by UFC president Dana White who offered to host Keaton for a visit to UFC headquarters.
Lots of celebs and sports stars have also started to repost the video with kind messages including.
If you’re afraid to go to school in a couple of hours and you’re in the same situation as Keaton, YOU can speak up! WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU.— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) 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
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
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
***Chris Blue stands with Keaton Jones***— Chris Blue (@Chrisbluelive) December 11, 2017
School bullying, No, bullying period, is a cancer and a disease to ALL people!! It has to stop. I stand with all those who are ready to put an end to this and I stand with Keaton. You're not alone. #Staystrong. pic.twitter.com/paffvzbhhr