Mom of boy behind viral anti-bullying video speaks out after backlash

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 13, 2017

The video went viral and Keaton became a hero, with celebrities, athletes and politicians tweeting their support for him. Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to 'em?

"They pour milk on me and put ham down my clothes and throw food at me", he told Inside Edition.

It seems almost half of the entertainment world - including Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, as well as star athletes - have reached out to Keaton, inviting him to movie premieres and to football and basketball games as a VIP.

We can see why this video went viral.

"When a stranger starts a campaign and does not have a direct connection to the individual they're raising money for, funds are collected by our payment processors, held, and then only released only to the person named as the beneficiary".

Bullying is a persistent problem in our nation. "Rose just kept this to herself", said Freddie Avila, her dad. Teach them about the beauty in uniqueness and how to embrace others' differences!

In general, we need to address bullying and suicide rates in the United States - especially since rates of teen depression and suicide have risen since 2011 (a lot of this is tied to increased cell phone usage) - but as we have these conversations, it's necessary that we don't leave out communities of color and that we support Rosalie's and Ashawnty's families in the meantime.

He said he knows all too well about being bullied. It's not their fault. Yet, despite his own suffering, he is still able to think of others: "If you are being made fun of, don't let it bother you". Because we are born and imbued with an innate sense for justice and personal dignity, we are more than bothered when bullied. We're harmed by it, and tears are usually our first form of recognition and protest.

As this new information about Keaton's family began to surface, celebrities started highlighting the deaths of two other middle-schoolers, both recent victims of bullying who had died by suicide: Ashawnty Davis and Rosalie Avila.

As in many great superhero movies, both the protagonist and the antagonist want the same thing. "I've said I spent most of my life being bullied and judged because I wasn't racist". But here's the sick part - so do his bullies. However, this led many people to believe Jones' mother was just after money. "I did not tell him that I would rather have donations instead of the help from celebrities", she said.

It makes you really circumspect on how you should deal with this.

Several said their children were assaulted on school buses, and despite reporting the incidents, nothing was done to the bullies.

Role-play this with your children because it works. When Schilling accused the user of trying to profit off of her son's misfortune, she replied "what happened to us whites sticking together and helping one another against the predator?"

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