By now we’ve all seen Keaton Jones, the young boy who was bullied at school and whose tearful video swept the internet.
Well now, thanks to all the internet attention and kind heartedness of many strangers, he has got to hang out with his celebrity friends.
He has been given tickets to a Tennesse Titans game by Delanie Walker, he’s going to UFC headquarters as a special guest of Dana White, and is even going to be making his way to the world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War with non other than Captain America.
This is Keaton Jones, he lives in Knoxville and he has a little something to say about bullying.pic.twitter.com/coyQxFp33V
— Everything TN (@Everything_TN) December 9, 2017
But to get the ball rolling, Keaton hung out with several Tennessee Volunteers football players after they tried to get in touch.
This all goes back to Saturday, when Jarrett Guarantano, quarterback for the Vols, tried to arrange a meeting with the young boy.
At the time, he tweeted:
Please let his mother know that we are trying to reach out. Keaton has some friends on the football team that would love to spend time with him.
So I got the chance to spend the day with my new best bud Keaton. It was unbelievable to get to know him and realize that we have a lot in common. This dude is very special and has changed my life forever. Now I have the little brother I always wanted! God bless you my man pic.twitter.com/vMHVtnf2rC
— Jarrett Guarantano✞ (@BroadwayJay2) December 11, 2017
And it only took one day for the wonderful world of social media to make this happen. By Sunday, Keaton and his new-found buddies had posted to Twitter with a heartwarming message.
So I got the chance to spend the day with my new best bud Keaton. It was unbelievable to get to know him and realize that we have a lot in common.
This dude is very special and has changed my life forever. Now I have the little brother I always wanted.
God bless you my man.
We going to the middle school next Tuesday show young Man some love we will also TWITTER LIVE some of it so everyone can show there love and support #vols #StopBullying @cboystunna3 @BroadwayJay2 @JKShuttlesworth @smithtrey98
— Tyler Byrd (@D1fuzzymuffin17) December 9, 2017
Jarrett wasn’t the only Tennessee Volunteers player to get in on the support for Keaton, and has announced that he is going to Keaton’s school on Tuesday just in time for lunch.
We going to the middle school next Tuesday show young Man some love we will also TWITTER LIVE some of it so everyone can show there love and support [sic]
This is the perfect response of love and support that children need when being bullied, during a period of time in their lives which is already hard enough.
Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year? https://t.co/s1QwCQ3toi
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 10, 2017
Posting on Facebook, the angry mother wrote about the fear Keaton had experienced at the hands of bullies:
For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch. My kids are by no stretch perfect & at home, he’s as all boy as they come, but by all accounts, he’s good at school.
Talk to your kids. I’ve even had friends of mine tell me their kids were only nice to him to get him to mess with people. We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.
— Joe Gatto (@Joe_Gatto) December 10, 2017
It’s truly an incredible thing to see such a story turn into one of positivity and human kindness, well done to everyone involved in showing this kid some love.
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