If you haven’t seen the video yet of the bullied teenager Keaton Jones yet, here is a brief breakdown of who Keaton is. Keaton is a middle schooler whose tearful question – “Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?” – a question that may just might become the rallying cry of the anti-bullying movement.
On Friday, the boy’s mother, Kimberly Jones, posted the video on her Facebook page, shortly after picking up Keaton from school because her son was too afraid and upset to go to lunch. The Knoxville, Tennessee, boy describes having milk poured on him and being called ugly for the head scars left from a tumor operation. Well like many videos that are posted to Facebook, this one became viral, and it caught the attention of many athletes and celebrities, one in particular happens to play one of the most popular super heroes on the big screen, Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Stay strong, Keaton,” tweeted Chris Evans. “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?”
It is pretty awesome to see the outpouring of support for Keaton, and it serves as a reminder to all of us about the importance of treating everyone we meet, even those who are not like us with dignity and respect, a lesson that any of us who are parents need to teach our children.
If you or someone you know is being bullied, there is help out there. Visit Stopbullying.gov for ways that you can get help.