Panthers’ star kicker Graham Gano just posted a powerful message of hope to all those struggling with being bullied.
He shared the now-viral video of middle-school student Keaton Jones that’s already been viewed over 20 million times in less than 2 days.
Graham told all his followers to “Be positive role models for kids in your life and encourage them to stand up for others as well.”
I don’t know why kids think it’s ok to pick on and make fun of other kids. There no place for it at all. Watching this breaks my heart. Be positive role models for kids in your life and encourage them to stand up for others as well. https://t.co/V4EhlcVsRp
— Graham Gano (@GrahamGano) December 10, 2017
Here’s the original video of Keaton;
I need someone to connect me with this child's family, please. I've been told he is from Knoxville.
Mr. Lewan is against bullying and willing to provide his services as a bodyguard.
— Nate Bain (@natebain) December 9, 2017
The video was initially recorded in Keaton’s mom’s car after she picked up out of fear of more abuse at lunchtime.
In the video, Keaton Jones asked the question, “Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What the point of it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people, and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK.”
As he was describing the physical and verbal abuse he’s received over the years, tears started to well up in his eyes.
“It’s not OK,” Jones said. “People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault. But if you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you. Just stay strong, I guess…It’s hard, but it’ll probably get better one day.”
Other sports figures and celebrities have also been showing their support for Keaton Jones and all others who’ve ever been bullied.
The day after the video was posted, University of Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano even contacted the Jones family to see if he could spend some time with Keaton;
So I got the chance to spend the day with my new best bud Keaton. It was unbelievable to get to know him and realize that we have a lot in common. This dude is very special and has changed my life forever. Now I have the little brother I always wanted! God bless you my man pic.twitter.com/vMHVtnf2rC
— Jarrett Guarantano✞ (@BroadwayJay2) December 11, 2017
Please help spread hope and encouragement to all those who’ve ever been bullied or made fun of!