KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A mother's Facebook post, showing her agonized son struggle to explain why he's being bullied has gone viral. And it's sparking a nationwide outpouring of support for the young man and the raw emotion he so publicly shared.
"Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?" "Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to 'em?"
In a Facebook post, Kimberly Jones wrote her son Keaton asked her to record this emotional response to another round of bullying.
Keaton: "They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly, they say I have no friends."
Kimberly: "What did they do to you at lunch?"
Keaton: "Poured milk on me, put ham down my clothes.
The post went up Friday morning. Before Keaton could return to Middle School near Knoxville, Tennesse on Monday, it had been viewed more than 21 million times.
"This kid is all-time, he's a legend, check him out, his name is Keaton," Justin Beiber posted.
And like that, everyone seemed to want to be Keaton's friend.
Chris Evans…tweeting in part: "Stay Strong, Keaton... I promise it gets better."
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
Mark Ruffalo wrote to Keaton too: "You are about one of the coolest kids I have ever seen!"
Keaton, will you’ve my guest at the Premiere of #InfinityWar too? I think you are about one of the coolest kids I have ever seen! Can’t wait to meet you in person, pal. Forget those ignorant kids. One day, very soon, they are going to feel pretty stupid for this. https://t.co/BqJLxu25GN— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 11, 2017
And Hailee Steinfeld. "I would love for you, Keaton Jones, to be my date to the Pitch Perfect 3 premiere on Tuesday."
The head of UFC, Dana White, invited him to UFC headquarters in Las Vegas.
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
But University of Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano beat them all to it-posting this pic Sunday evening. "Now I have the little brother I always wanted," he wrote.
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
It had been a long time since Friday morning.
"But if you are made fun of, just don't - don't let it bother you. Stay strong I guess. Hard," Keaton said in the video.
"This isn't new for us and we still have to truck on thru the day to day" mom Kimberly wrote in a later post. "I'm humbled by the voice my boy has been given. But he's still just a little boy."
Tennessee Titans player Delanie Walker has also reached out to Keaton, inviting his family to the team's last game of the regular season on December 31st.
Brook Silva-Braga, CBS News)
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