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Bullied boy's confessional video resonating across the globe

Holding back tears, a Tennessee boy asked a simple question. 

"Just out of curiosity -- why do they bully? What's the point of it," said Keaton Jones. 

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Keaton's confessional video about bullying has been watched more than 17 million times. His mother posted it on Facebook after Keaton asked to make a video about bullying. She was picking him up early because he was afraid to go to lunch. 

"They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly, they say I have no friends," he said. 

He said that the bullies poured milk on him during lunch. 

At the end of the video, which is not even 90 seconds, Keaton shared a message that has been resonating with people around the world. 

"People that are different don't need to be criticized about it, It's not their fault," he said. "If you are made fun, don't let it bother you. They suck."

Tears were streaming down the 11-year-old's face. 

The video has been shared nearly 350,000 times on Facebook. It's all over Twitter. People are demanding change and celebrities are tweeting in support of the middle school student, including members of the Tennessee football team. 

Along with messages of support, the video has also resulted in memes, shared to Keaton's mom's Facebook page.

The family said they have been overwhelmed with the response, and his sister said on Twitter that the messages have brought joy to Keaton.

Members of the Tennessee football team are working to organize a meeting at his school to stop the bullying and raise Keaton's spirits. 

Even with all the attention, Keaton's mom said there's still a lot of work to be done. 

"I'm humbled by the voice my boy has been given, but he's still just a little boy, and he's a little boy who desperately wants acceptance, that I have to try to find a way to navigate him through the difference in true acceptance and attention," Kimberly wrote on Facebook. 

Another home is a complete loss in a violent fire caused by bedbugs

Three people were hospitalized and 10 are homeless after a Cincinnati woman attempted to douse a bedbug infestation in her home with rubbing alcohol and started a house fire instead.

The rubbing alcohol — which is extremely flammable — ignited because of a nearby open flame, according to authorities cited by the New York Post. An ensuing fire caused $250,000 in damage to the five-unit multi-family Ohio home that hosted the fire.

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Three people had to be hospitalized for smoke inhalation, according to CBS News. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Facebook user Kamaron Lyshe-Berry said he had bought new televisions and monitors on Black Friday that were lost in the fires.

“I don’t even know what happened. I got a call from work saying my house is on fire,” said Lyshe-Berry in a Facebook live video taken just outside the fire. “My mom called me right when I was about to clock out … Everything is gone, everything.”

For now, the American Red Cross is assisting and providing housing for those displaced by the inferno, reports WXIX.

Incredibly, it’s the second time that a rubbing-alcohol-fueled fire has burned down a Cincinnati house in as many months. Just after Thanksgiving, a 19-year-old lit a match just after dousing a bedbug in rubbing alcohol, causing a fire that did $300,000 in damage to six apartments and left eight people homeless.

Cincinnati District 3 Fire Chief Randy Freel told WXIX that people should stay away from any home remedies for bedbugs, especially the more flammable kinds.

“Get a professional,” he said.

3 doctors aboard flight save unresponsive woman

A Tampa woman said she is grateful to three doctors who saved her life during a flight home from Vietnam.

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Debbie Taylor said she started feeling sick on the plane and then became unresponsive.

That's when three doctors administered CPR until the pilot could make an emergency landing in Alaska.

"It feels really good to be alive," Taylor said. “I have some angels up there that said it wasn't my time yet."

Taylor said she temporarily entered a coma after the flight.

Taylor said she never got a chance to thank the unnamed doctors. 

"They saved my life. Thank you very much," she said.

Taylor is home and doing well, she said. 

One kid’s upsetting account being bullied at school is now going viral as people rush to help

A Tennessee child’s plea to stop bullying at his school has gone viral, earning the attention of college and professional athletes, musicians and others who are seizing on the emotional video to reiterate the harm and pain caused by bullying.

Kimberly Jones posted the video on Dec. 8. She says her son Keaton asked her to record the video “AFTER he had he [her] pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch” because of his bullies. In a video just over a minute long, Keaton looks into the camera and asks: “Out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not okay!”

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He goes on to recount mocking and teasing from unnamed bullies at his Knoxville-area school, who he says pour milk on him and throw food at him. His mother captioned the now-viral video with:

“Talk to your kids. I’ve even had friends of mine tell me they’re kids were only nice to him to get him to mess with people. We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.”

Since the video was posted, players from the Tennessee Volunteers, the Tennessee Titans and UFC President Dana White have all said they want to help cheer up Keaton, according to SB Nation. Others, like Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted encouraging messages.

@Lakyn_Jones Hello, Keaton (via your sister)! You may have heard of my parents, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (#MLK) and #CorettaScottKing. I try to honor them and their legacies. I’m so sorry about the pain you’re experiencing because of bullying. You matter. I love you. — Be A King (@BerniceKing) December 9, 2017

For all the attention, though, it’s unclear where this even happened. WBIR reports that they’re still working on determining which school might be at the center of this video. So far, Knox County Public Schools have said that there is no Keaton Jones who is “currently enrolled” in the school system.

Disney releases details on new gondola system, Disney Skyliner

Disney released new details and visuals on the gondola system that will connect some of its theme parks and hotels at Walt Disney World.

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The Disney Parks and Resorts Blog released information on the gondola system, called the Disney Skyliner. 

Each cabin will showcase Disney characters and stations will be spread out throughout the park to give visitors a scenic view of the resort. 

One station will be at the International Gateway at Epcot. Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort will be the station that serves as the system's hub where guests can transfer.

The blog did not say when the gondolas will open.

The gondola construction project comes as Disney is expanding by building new lands in Hollywood Studios and adding more rides in Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

“Those poor babies” — police respond to a heartbreaking call involving two children and their dad

A Texas neighborhood is shaken by the deaths of two young children, which authorities believe came at the hand of their father.

Police responded to a North Richland Hills home over the weekend after a mother called 911. The mother was uninjured, but two children and an adult man, later found to be their father, were found dead at the residence.

“Upon arrival, officers found a 5-year-old female, 9-year-old male and adult male all deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Initial investigation revealed the father shot the children and then shot himself,” explained NRHPD in a statement.

The department went on to explain a search into the home’s records “revealed no prior history between [the] department and the family or address.” The names of those involved have not yet been released.

We are working an apparent murder/suicide in the 7400 block of College Cir S – 2 small children and adult male deceased. PIO on scene. Media staging Susan Lee/North Richland Blvd. — NRH Police (@NRHPD) December 9, 2017

“There’s no history here,” said police spokesperson Carissa Katekaru. “We’re still trying to figure out why. I grew up in North Richland Hills, and I would call this a pretty quiet neighborhood.”

Neighbor Denise Albino, 57, has lived in the area for about 20 years.

“Oh my God, those poor babies,” she said. “I just can’t understand why people do this kind of thing.”

Albino said that her son told her about the news.

“I didn’t know them,” she added. “I would see the kids playing basketball all the time, but I never really got a chance to speak with them.”

Another neighbor, Rosa Nichols, said, “You can drive by, and they can have a perfect house, but you don’t know what’s going on inside the house. It’s so sad.”

“We lived there for several years and had some happy memories and sure hate to have sad memories made there for these families. For this family, we don’t know you, but we sure feel for you,” said Mike Bentley, who once lived in the home.

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Concussion expert irate when Texans’ QB returns after hard hit

Hard hits are not unusual in the NFL, but the one Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage took Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers was particularly scary. When Savage returned to the game moments later, it drew an angry response from the founding CEO of Concussion Legacy Foundation on Twitter.

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Savage was hit by 49ers defensive end Elvis Dumervil as he threw an incomplete pass on third down, ESPN reported. The quarterback had trouble getting up and his hands were shaking.

After being evaluated by the Texans’ medical staff, Savage returned to the game three minutes later and threw two incomplete passes before being replaced by T.J. Yates with two minutes left in the half.

Chris Nowinski, a former professional wrestler with the WWE and author of “Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis,” tweeted that he was “disgusted” by Savage’s return to action.

“I would not let my worst enemy go through the 2017 #NFL sideline concussion protocol,” tweeted Nowinski, who is co-director of Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.

After taking the hit, Savage spoke with the Texans’ medical staff, ESPN reported. Before the Texans' next offensive series, a team official held Savage's jersey and arm as he tried to return to the field. Savage argued with the team official; after coming off the field a second time, Savage was escorted to the locker room by the team's trainer.

The Texans ruled Savage out with a concussion, ESPN reported.

LaVar Ball is trying to find teams for his sons, and one club rejected them by hitting where it hurts

One European basketball team had a particularly brutal denial to LaVar Ball as he seeks to get sons LiAngelo and LaMelo signed to a squad.

Recently, LaVar Ball pulled sons LiAngelo, 19, and LaMelo, 16, out of UCLA and high school, respectively. Both are now signed to agent Harrison Gaines, according to ESPN; Gaines also represents brother Lonzo Ball, a rookie player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Signing with an agent makes it unlikely that LiAngelo will return to college basketball or that LaMelo will ever enter it.

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LaVar pulled LiAngelo from UCLA after reportedly experiencing frustration at the university’s prolonged inaction on his son’s suspension. While the university said they would be suspending LiAngelo, they had not yet decided on a length of time for that suspension.

Instead of high school or college basketball, Gaines and the Balls are looking to teams in Europe and Asia. Arturs Stalbergs, the head coach of Lithuanian team Lietkabelis Panevezys, told LaVar Ball his club wasn’t interested in a particularly pointed way:

We are all Lietkabelis Panevezys fans from now on… Hint: Arturs Stalbergs is the coach of the team… — Yannis Psarakis (@YPsar) December 5, 2017

“We have an opening in the security staff since they have an experience in this field,” reads the translated tweet from Stalbergs. Ouch.

It’s not just that the Ball family is especially easy to troll, either — they might legitimately have trouble getting picked up, even outside the United States. Scouting reports posted by Yahoo Sports say that LiAngelo Ball would struggle to be picked up by a Division 1 team in Europe, and that he might not even have been at UCLA had he not been part of a package deal that included his older brother Lonzo and a commitment from younger brother LaMelo.

As for LaMelo, whether he becomes an NBA prospect is still up in the air. SB Nation says it’s yet to be seen — and that it “might” happen, depending on his development as a player.

Let it snow: Bills players, fans brave wintry conditions in Buffalo

Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White did his best to stay warm before Sunday’s game in western New York. 

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It wasn’t working.

The Bills were hosting the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field, and players, coaches and fans were exposed to a strong snowstorm.

During warm-ups Sunday, White did his best to avoid becoming frozen. He danced and moved to stay warm. As a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, it is unlikely that White has ever seen conditions like this: temperatures below 30 degrees when the game began at 1 p.m., winds out of the west at 18 mph, a wind chill that made the temperature feel like 16 degrees, and visibility of less than a third of a mile.

The players weren’t the only ones cold. Fans braved the chilly weather to cheer for the Bills.

And you can’t say the fans in Buffalo don’t have a sense of humor.

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