Tennessee Valley reacts to viral bullying video

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The story of Keaton Jones went viral over the weekend. Several Vols and Titans stars saw the story Saturday and tweeted their support. Now, it seems like the whole nation is standing with Keaton, including people right here in Chattanooga.

In a span of three days, this video has been viewed over 21 million times on Facebook. That doesn’t include the countless number of retweets, mentions and new posts canvassed all over social media.

“Hopefully this video and all the tweets that are being put out there make awareness to stop bullying,” Titans tight end Delanie Walker said in a Twitter video.

The hashtag #StandWithKeaton was still trending this morning. Celebrities and politicians continue to show their support with invitations to premieres, sporting events and meet and greets.

But Keaton’s principal told the Knoxville News Sentinal today that the bullying isn’t as rampant as the video makes you believe. Rampant or not, this isn’t an isolated problem.

When Deputy Jacob Bryson started at Soddy Daisy Middle School, he immediately address bullying with his staff.

“This is around the world,” Bryson said. “There’s a difference between being mean and being a bully. What we have to know as a population as adults is that we’re trying the leaders for tomorrow today.”

About a dozen Hamilton County students volunteer at Unifi-Ed here in Chattanooga to ensure the best possible environment for our students, and that includes holding the school system accountable with bullying.

“If we all know what the problem and we all realize that we can use our voice to actually come together and push forward and make change then a lot of the issues that we see now not just in bullying but other areas those can be changed if we just unify ourselves and use our voices,” said Student Voice Team member Kalena Rodriguez.

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