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December 12

Keaton Jones Told His Story about Bullying and Country Singers Stand With Him

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A middle schooler from Knoxville, Keaton Jones spoke up against bullying and now dozens of celebrities are standing up for him. And include several country singers who want to join him at school.

Chris Janson and Knoxville native Kelsea Ballerini are two who said they’d join Jones in the Horace Maynard Middle School lunchroom. “Dude, I’m coming with you,” writes Kacey Musgraves in response to Ballerini’s tweet. Cole Swindell told Keaton’s sister Lakyn Jones to bring him by the tour bus when he’s in town in January, and the list goes on and on.

A video of Jones talking about his bullying experience went viral over the weekend. USA Today reports that the boy’s mother, Kimberly, filmed him crying in their car after she had to pick him up early from school because he was afraid of the lunchroom. With a quivering voice, the young man describes being picked on for how he looks, revealing that other students poured milk on his head and put ham in his clothes.

“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.”

Those are words from the young man. Not only that, he also said at the end of the video:

“People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it,” 

Country singers, pop singers, athletes, UFC fighters and President Trump all spoke up on social media. In a flash, Keaton has gone from having no friends to having famous friends around the world.

Personally, I know that being bullied is hard. I also experienced it as a kid. The mean kids asking for my lunch money, calling me names that made me feel bad, and at some point, the mean ones threw punches at me without a reason. I wish I could personally rub Keaton’s back and comfort him during his time of need. These kinds of acts of bullying can do a lot of damage emotionally and mentally. I really wish that the parents of his bullies would teach their children these acts so they can prevent on doing it.

How about you, what can you say about this young man? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and don’t forget to share this young man’s story of bullying.


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