Bullied student Keaton Jones visits Tennessee facility

Carla Harmon
December 13, 2017

"I mean, people that know us, know us". In another interview with CBS News, Jones reiterated that the photographs were not meant to be racist, and said, "I've spent most of my life being bullied and judged because I wasn't racist".

Celebrities who rushed to join sports stars and the rest of America in showing an outpouring of support for bullied Tennessee middle school student Keaton Jones struggled with how to maintain that sympathy after photos surfaced of the boy's mother holding a Confederate flag.

"I made the video to raise awareness for bullying, not for fame or fortune, it was not at all for that".

The video sparked outreach from around the globe, including dozens of celebrities and professional athletes, some of whom offered to fly Keaton and his mother across the country to attend movie premieres, sporting events and exclusive tours. The man who created the page, which has raised more than $56,000 but TMZ reports the crowdfunding site is trying to get in touch with Keaton's mom to confirm her family would be the ones receiving the money. "People that are different don't need to be criticized about it".

Keaton Jones, whose bullying video has gone viral, visited with UT Athletics Director Phil Fulmer and members of the Vols football team on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.

In an interview with the TODAY show, Kimberly said they have been overwhelmed by the wave of reactions over the weekend supporting her son along with those questioning her motives and previous posts. "This is an epidemic", she told ABC News. "Today, the world hates us", she said.

The photos on Jones' Facebook page have been taken down and the privacy settings have been updated, but not before Twitter users took screenshots of the photos and posted them online. According to Lam, a woman claiming to be Kimberly Jones using a fake Instagram account had been commenting on the page and was in contact with him, but he has since frozen the page and is no longer taking donations.

Reaction on social media has been mixed. "So many people are supporting us", he added. Was it appropriate to start a fundraising effort because you child was bullied? Condemnation before evaluation is the ultimate form of ignorance. At the time I posted it, I didn't know anyone would ever see it.

Keaton told CBS that he's been regularly bullied by five of his classmates at Horace Maynard Middle School, and was too afraid of them to tell a teacher. We have to be the voice for the voiceless.

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