Justin Bieber and Katy Perry have joined the wave of support for a young boy who described how he was bullied at school in a viral video.
Keaton Jones said through tears that fellow pupils called him “ugly” and threw milk over his clothes in the canteen.
“Why do they bully?” he asked.
“What’s the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and find a way to be mean to them?”
The video triggered a massive response. After it was filmed by his mother, Kimberley Jones, and shared by friends, it crossed over to Instagram and has been seen more than 22 million times.
A raft of celebrities and sports stars have tweeted messages of support to Keaton, including Snoop Dogg, Cardi B, Victoria Beckham and Terry Crewes.
“This broke my 💔 today,” wrote Katy Perry. “Please be kind to one another.”
Justin Bieber called the pupil a “legend”.
“The fact that he still has sympathy and compassion for other people when he’s going through it himself is a testament to who he is,” said Bieber.
Keaton and his mum have been invited by actor Chris Evans.to Avengers premiere in LA in 2018.
Actress Hailee Steinfeld also invited him to be her plus one at the premiere of new film Pitch Perfect 3.
Tennessee Titans American football player Delanie Walker also asked the family to attend a game.
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker expressed his support for the 11-year-old on Twitter.
“Keaton, I know Tennesseans and people across our country join me in saying thank you for your courage. Bullying isn’t acceptable, especially in our schools. We’re all with you!”
A GoFundMe account for the family has raised close to $60,000.
Keaton’s sister, Lakyn Jones, thanked people for their messages of support.
“My family will continue to support each other. You all can hate and tweet all you want but our faith cant be shaken,” she tweeted.
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