Celebrities, athletes show support for young East Tenn. boy in viral video

A Tennessee woman's video of her son -- tearfully recounting being bullied at middle school -- has prompted a wave of support from athletes and entertainers

(WBIR) -- A middle school boy could be getting a visit from some Tennessee athletes after a video his mom posted to Facebook of him describing how he's bullied at school went viral.

Multiple Tennessee football players, musicians, celebrities and much of the community have responded to one East Tennessee boy's video. His mom posted the video to Facebook as he described how he's bullied at school. The video has since grown hugely popular throughout social media by using #standwithkeaton.

 

 

In the post, his mom wrote that her son, Keaton, asked her to record and post the video.

"For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had he 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 they're 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."

Tyler Byrd, a sophomore wide receiver at UT, tweeted Saturday afternoon that he and some of his teammates at Tennessee are "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".

 

 

Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano tweeted that Keaton has some friends on the football team that would love to spend some time with him. It came as response to a tweet from former Vol basketball player, Skyler McBee, where he said "I would love to see some UT players come go to lunch with him I bet he wouldn’t be bullied then @D1fuzzymuffin17 @smithtrey98 @BroadwayJay2 @CoachJPruitt @JKShuttlesworth @ToddKellyJr."

 

 

On Sunday, Jarrett Guarantano and former NFL football player and Tennessee Sports Radio host Jayson Swain were able to spend the entire day with Keaton.

 

 

Parents, let’s have a conversation tonight with OUR children before bed. Convo on the way to/from school. A convo about:
-Being leaders not followers.
-Standing up to bullying.
-Not ignoring bullying.

Parents, it starts with US

— Jayson Swain (@SwainEvent) December 11, 2017
The Tennessee Titan's social-media manager Nate Bain also tweeted Saturday afternoon offering a bodyguard to Keaton:

Mr. Lewan is against bullying and willing to provide his services as a bodyguard.

Do your thing, Twitter! Connect us. #TitanUp pic.twitter.com/OkrQP0UTqe

— Nate Bain (@natebain) December 9, 2017
Country music singer Kelsea Ballerini shared the video saying Keaton does not deserve any of the bullying he may have received.

 

 

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker offered Keaton to come see the team play on December 31.

 

 

Tennessee's Marcus Tatum tweeted out to say it's time to stop bullying and not accept it. Tatum wants to see this not just be a social media trend and to see it as an anti-bullying movement that continues.

 

 

Cole Swindell, another country singer, told Keaton's sister, Lakyn, that she could bring Keaton to his show in Knoxville next month. He said wants to say hi and stand by him.

 

 

Chris Evans, the main actor in Captain America, invited Keaton to next year's Avengers premiere in Los Angeles.

 

 

Pop star Katy Perry also shared the video on her Instagram and said she stands with Keaton and that it breaks her heart to see this. "This broke my 💔today. Please be kind to one another. #standwithkeaton."

Tennessee lawmakers are also standing with Keaton and bringing awareness about bullying in schools.

 

 

10News is working to confirm which school Keaton attends. The Knox County School District said he "is currently not enrolled as a Knox County Schools student." The Knox County School District also mentioned Keaton may attend Horace Maynard Middle in Union County. 10News has reached out to Union County Public Schools and have not heard any confirmation if Keaton attends school there.

The original Facebook post by Keaton's mother had been shared over 347,000 times with more than 17 million views as of 3 p.m. Sunday.

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