What's going on with the bullied boy in that viral video?

What's going on with the bullied boy in that viral video?

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What's going on with the bullied boy in that viral video?

You’ve probably seen the video by now of Keaton Jones sharing a whole lot of wisdom and raw, honest emotion about being bullied at school.

Keaton is a student at Horace Maynard Middle School in Tennessee. His mom, Kimberly Jones, filmed him crying in the car. “Keaton asked to do this,” Jones wrote in a Facebook post, which is no longer publicly available.

She said this was after she picked him up because he was afraid to go to lunch – but this was not the first time she’s had to come to her son’s rescue.

In the video, Keaton says something truly profound:

“People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault. But if you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you. Stay strong I guess. It’s hard. But it’ll probably get better one day.”

As a mentor to a 12-year-old girl who gets bullied constantly at school, this video broke my heart. To see another young soul suffering and attempting so desperately to understand the motives of those that torment him, it hits a heart-chord.

I was not alone in this response. The social and online audiences were moved by Keaton’s testimony and the outpouring of support for him was massive, with millions of views and thousands of shares. As the video continued to go viral, celebrities even reached out to him.

Thereby cementing his reputation as the coolest kid ever. I mean, if Millie Bobby Brown wants to be your friend, you’re pretty much set for life.

If you’re following this story closely, you know there’s been some backlash regarding Keaton Jones’ mom Kimberly and racist content.

Jones posted to Instagram on Dec. 11, saying “I hope you all can forgive her” and that she is a good person who, like all people, makes mistakes.

The post has since been removed.

USA TODAY also reported that since the video has gone viral, people have posed as Jones’ mother and family members and are fraudulently asking for donations.  

Professional mixed martial artist Joe Schilling posted to Instagram saying he reached out to Jones’ mom but she only wanted money. Now someone on Twitter with the username @Lakyn_Jones, who says she is Jones’ sister, says the person Schilling was speaking to was not their mother.

A spokesman from GoFundMe told USA TODAY that the company is working with the fund creator, Joseph Lam, to ensure the money raised (that exceeded $56,000) goes to Jones.

Jones’ school principal also responded saying the bullying is “not as rampant as the video would have you believe. I can’t tell you what was done, but I can tell you action was taken with the children.” For the full story, check out the article on USA TODAY

Often times, stories are not as simple or straightforward as they may seem on the surface. But one things stands true — A child was hurt from bullying and because he was brave enough to share that hurt, he now has started a bigger conversation about bullying.

His message touched people and it also opened the door to advocacy in a sweeping way by getting people, big voices and little voices to talk about it.

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