One student in Knoxville, Tennessee decided to take a stand. Keaton Jones was born different. Keaton spends his days at school trying to stay away from the kids who tease him and bully him by calling him ugly; they make fun of his nose and tell him he has no friends.
Keaton was born with a tumor on his face that affects his appearance; he has had several operations, with many more to come. After a rough day, Keaton's mom recorded an emotional video of the 11-year-old pleading for the bullying to stop. That video has now been seen by more than 20 million people.
Keaton also alleged that milk was poured on him and ham shoved down his clothes by these bullies. He said in the video, "Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What's the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and find a way to be mean to them? It's not OK... People that are different don't need to be criticized about it. It's not their fault. If you are made fun of, just don't let it bother you." Keaton's video reached tons of celebrities, including Avengers, pro-athletes, and even Justin Beiber who spoke up on behalf of the sixth grader. Keaton got invitations to many sporting events and even one to the "Avengers" premieres.
According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, more than 20 percent of students have been, or are currently being, bullied. This means more than one out of every five children feels uncomfortable at school, around their peers, or at home. Bullying is an epidemic in our society. We need to figure out how to work together to stop this and to help kids understand that kindness is the way to be. Love needs to drown out hate. If you are a parent, teach your kids to love others for their differences because that's what makes this world such a wonderful place.
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