Viral video prompts residents to share bullying stories

KEATON Jones has become famous this week after a gut-wrenching video of him speaking out about bullies went viral.

It tugged at the heartstrings of people across the world, including those from Toowoomba.

The vision shows the Tennessee boy with tears streaming down his face as he talks about being too scared to go to lunch.

"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? It's not okay."

"They made fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends. (They) poured milk on me and put ham down my clothes, threw bread at me."

It has been viewed more than 30 million times since Sunday.

The Chronicle shared the story with readers and people began sharing their own stories of being the victims of bullying or their children going through similar situations.

  • Anita Edwards: My daughter Jessica went through this type of bullying for her entire life of schooling. She has now just graduated. Jessica has Williams syndrome and kids today do not know how to be kind to those who are different.
  • Nicole Maree: I'm dreading the day our kids start school. I'm so scared they will get bullied, I've lost so many people due to being bullied so the first thing that pops in my head when I think about our kids getting bullied is losing them forever.
  • Shirley Bourke: My daughter was bullied by two girls at school for years. All complaints to the girl's parents and headmaster fell on deaf ears.
  • Lisa Gibbs: This is reality. This is raw. My twins have ASD. I know the hurt. No child is born to be a bully or a racist, it is conditioning in our community.
  • Denise Hedges: Sounds like my school years. My heart bleeds for this young man.
  • Jenny Young: If bullying falls on deaf ears with parents, their child should be expelled. Obviously the bullying will continue and after there are no schools left for their kids to attend they might finally wake up.
  • Gail McDonald-Haworth: You're beautiful. Hold your head high and stay away from these cruel people. The problem is theirs not yours.

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