By now you have probably seen the heartbreaking video of bullied middle-schooler Keaton Jones. The video was posted on Friday by his mother after she picked him from school because he was too afraid to go to lunch.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?” Keaton asks. “What’s the point of it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to ’em? It’s not okay. It’s not okay! People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault.“They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends.”
In the video, he also says kids poured milk on him and made fun of him because of the head scars he has from a tumor operation.
Over the weekend, everyone from actors (Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo) to musicians (Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Demi Lovato) to athletes (LeBron James, Dana White) shared the video with messages of support. Many of them also offered invitations to movie screenings, concerts and events. JR Smith invited him to a Cavs game with this tweet: “That’s a damn shame. Keaton if your around when we play in Memphis i would love to invite you to one of our games. Head up Champ!”
Teammate LeBron James shared Smith’s tweet with this message: “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.”