Over the weekend, a video of a boy named Keaton Jones tearfully telling his mom that he was being badly bullied at school started making the rounds on social media. As the video went viral, a number of celebrities spoke out in support of Jones, and Chris Evans, AKA Captain America, even reached out with an offer fit for a real-life superhero.
“Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better,” Evans tweeted to the Knoxville, Tennessee teen. He then made an offer no one would be able to refuse. “While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year?”
Within minutes, Keaton’s older sister replied to the actor on behalf of her little brother, saying that he would absolutely love to attend. Evans told her he was on it, giving her the thumbs up in emoji form.
The video of Keaton was posted by his mom, Kimberly, shortly after she had to pick up her son from school on Friday. In the video, he describes being too afraid to go to lunch because of kids who poured milk on him and called him names because of the scars that a tumor operation left on his head.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?” Keaton tearfully asks in the video. “What’s the point of it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to ’em? It’s not okay. It’s not okay! People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault.”
Evans wasn’t the only celebrity to throw their support behind the kid. Hailee Steinfeld also invited him to the Pitch Perfect 3 premiere, while Millie Bobbie Brown, Mark Hamill, Kevin Jonas, and many, many more reached out to commend his strength and call him a friend for life.
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