A video shared by a Tennessee mother is shedding light on the real-life impact of bullying.
It’s been viewed tens of millions of times to the exact that the boy in the video, her son Keaton, has now been invited to Hollywood movie premieres, professional sporting events, even to the White House.
But the public glory he’s experiencing now comes after he emotionally asked the ultimate question, why do people hurt other people?
“Just out of curiosity,” Keaton tearfully asks, “why do they bully? What’s the point of it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them?”
In response to this heartbreaking video, KX News went to South Prairie School, where students are working to prevent situations like Keaton’s.
That’s through Sources of Strength, an anti-suicide and anti-bullying group compiled of high schoolers who plan activities and presentations to send the same message that Keaton does in his video, and that’s to students of all ages.
Sources of Strength group member Hannah Newman said, “There’s no reason for bullying. I really think everyone has their differences, so we can definitely build on those instead of tearing others down for it.”
“There’s consequences for their actions, and it’s not necessarily to them. It impacts the people around them more than they know,” fellow group member, Ben Bagwell said.
“What goes around comes around and I honestly think that some day down the road, they’ll be facing the struggle and they’ll want someone to help and no one will help because of what they did to someone else in the past.”
These students said the mission of the group is to make all kids feel equal, included, and good about themselves.
And although it’s a sad, seemingly broken Keaton relaying this message, “if you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you. Stay strong I guess, it’s hard.”
His courageous words have gone a long way.
Following the viral video, Keaton’s mother felt quite a bit of backlash in response to old photos of her holding a confederate flag.
Click here to listen to what she had to say in response.
For the original video of Keaton’s outcry against bullying, click here.