The internet has been taken by storm by a video of a young boy talking about the bullying he has faced with tears in his eyes.
The video of Keaton Jones was posted by his mother Kimberly Jones from Maynardville, Tennessee. In the video a teary eyed Keaton describes the bullying he faces at school such as being mocked for his nose, having milk poured on him, and being told that he has no friends.
Since the video went viral, many celebrities have shown their support for Keaton.
Keaton, you have inspired me and many others to now recognize the bravery and courage to speak up. Your video was heartbreaking and yet so true. You really are a superhero and you are inspiring people who are getting bullied to speak up. We will all stand up for you. You're really amazing. Thank you. #endbullying
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Many videos of bullied children have circled the internet, so why is this one so important?
It has less to do with what happened, his emotion, or the response by social media that makes it so important. Rather it is what Keaton says to other people who have faced, currently face, and will face bullying in their lives.
Keaton calls out to these people and said, "...but if you are made fun of, just don't, don't let it bother you. They suck I guess, hard, but it will probably get better one day."
This boy is wise beyond his years and stronger than he knows. He is inspirational without even knowing it. Some people look at adversity and shut down. They allow the cruelty of the world to eat at them until it is total self destruction. This young boy offers a message of hope. He is a ray of sunshine on the darkest of days.
Early in the video Keaton asks, "Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What's the point in it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them?"
There will always be cynical people in life that do find joy in hurting others and taking away their happiness. I have an answer for Keaton. People who do this are miserable in their own lives. They say misery loves company and this statement could not be more true when it comes to bullies. They hate things in their lives, they are unhappy. They use this unhappiness and allow it to fuel their need to take the joy from other people. They do not want to be miserable on their own so they make other people feel the way they do.
These are not powerful people. These are not important people. These are not happy people. These are sad and lonely people who need others' pain to make themselves feel better. This moment of joy they find from making fun of you is not permanent, it is only a fleeting emotion. This is why they constantly need to do it. It is like a drug addict finding one fix after another. It is a self destructive path that will never bring them the happiness they crave.
Keaton, I want you to know this is only a small speed bump in your life. You will be stronger because of this. You will find people in your life that will make you feel loved and happy. Hold onto these people. Believe in these people. Focus on these people and ignore all of those who make you feel like you are not worth being happy.