Bullied Keaton Jones Has a Few New Country Music Bodyguards
Knoxville middle schooler Keaton Jones spoke up against bullying and now dozens of celebrities are standing up for him, including several country singers who want to join him at school.
Chris Janson and Knoxville, Tenn., native Kelsea Ballerini are two who said they'd join Jones in the Horace Maynard Middle School lunchroom. "Dude, I'm coming with you," writes Kacey Musgraves in response to Ballerini's tweet. Cole Swindell told Keaton's sister Lakyn Jones to bring him by the tour bus when he's in town in January, and the list goes on and on.
As of Monday morning, a shortlist of stars who are standing up against bullying and for Keaton Jones includes Kelleigh Bannen, Brothers Osborne, Jerrod Niemann, David Nail, Ryan Hurd, Cassadee Pope, Jimmy Wayne, Walker McGuire and Colt Ford who wrote a long message across several tweets:
Country Stars Tweet Support to Keaton Jones
A video of Jones talking about his bullying experience began to go viral over the weekend. USA Today reports that the boy's mother, Kimberly, filmed him crying in their car after she had to pick him up early from school (again) because he was afraid of the lunchroom. With a quivering voice the young man describes being picked on for how he looks, revealing that other students poured milk on his head and put ham in his clothes.
"People that are different don't need to be criticized about it," he says at the end. "It's not their fault. But 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."
Country singers, pop singers, athletes, UFC fighters and President Trump all spoke up on social media. In a flash Keaton has gone from having no friends to having famous friends around the world.