By Shannon Frost Greenstein
A heartbreaking video went viral over the weekend, featuring middle-schooler Keaton Jones crying as he describes being bullied in the school lunchroom.
The video is painful to watch, as you can literally see how miserable he is and how low his self-esteem has sunk. According to mother Kimberly, this is a regular occurrence, and not the first time she’s had to pick him up because of the bullying in the lunchroom. Keaton describes how the other students pick on him for his appearance and clothes, and actually physically assault him by pouring milk on his head.
Well, as you might be able to guess, our favorite country artists are NOT standing for it.
The list of country stars who have jumped to Keaton’s defense looks like a festival line-up. It started with Kelsea Ballerini, a Knoxville native who vowed to accompany Keaton into the lunchroom the next time she’s in town.
Other stars then jumped to voice their support on social media, including includes Kelleigh Bannen, Brothers Osborne, Jerrod Niemann, David Nail, Ryan Hurd, Cassadee Pope, Jimmy Wayne, Walker McGuire and Colt Ford. Ford actually wrote a long series of tweets to Keaton and all children being bullied, challenging other students to stand up for them when they witness it happening.
Keaton ends his video by saying, ” …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.”
It’ll probably get better one day. Literally tearing up. NO child should have to feel so rotten at school that they have to convince themselves it won’t always be so miserable. Luckily, the outpouring of support from high-profile stars is overwhelmingly positive, and hopefully will get Keaton understanding that things get so much better after middle school.
I mean, middle school. Can you remember? In fact, let’s not. Let’s just forget all about it.
It’s so great to see the country community rallying around a distressed child in need. Let’s ALL remember this, and use it as motivation to be kind in everything we do moving forward. Thanks for setting such a good example, Kelsea and company!