The murky truth behind the Keaton Jones bullying story, and his mother's alleged racism

It wasn't just celebrities who rallied behind Keaton, a GoFundMe page was also set up on his behalf. The crowdsourcing platform sought to gather donations from people so that Keaton could study in a safer environment.

The murky truth behind the Keaton Jones bullying story, and his mother's alleged racism

A few days ago, a mid-schooler from Knoxville, Tennessee spoke about the bullies in his school. In a recorded video, Keaton Jones recounted his horrific experiences at his institution and became an internet hero overnight. Celebrities across the country poured in with their support and love for and offered solidarity with him.





 



 



Some celebrities like Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo invited Keaton to the movie premiere of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War while some others asked him to stay strong. This is one of the few times that celebrities rallied for a cause that's rampant in schools across America and Keaton's family was humbled by all the support.



 



 



It wasn't just celebrities who rallied behind Keaton, a GoFundMe page was also set up on his behalf. The crowdsourcing platform sought to gather donations from people so that Keaton could study in a safer environment.

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Keaton said the bullies at school poured milk on his head and threw ham down his clothes. Source: YouTube 

However, the Jones family has found itself embroiled in many controversies after the video went viral. First, many found them to be racist after pictures of the Joneses holding a Confederate flag was found on the internet. Second, MMA fighter Joe Schilling said Keaton's mom Kimberly asked for money after he extended an invitation to the school student to attend a fight.

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The Jones family. Source: Twitter

On Instagram, Joe explained that he had a conversation with Keaton's mom who had a page with the username, KimberlyJones_38. The MMA fighter said Kimberley said she'd rather have money, adding that they're "not rich." When Joe accused her of using her son's pain as a platform to get money, the Instagram user reportedly said, "What happened to use whites sticking together and helping one of [sic] another against the predator?"

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MMA fighter Joe Schilling said Keaton's mom asked for money. Source: Instagram

Joe's post on the social media post went viral and many wondered the authenticity of Keaton's plight. However, the school student's older student tweeted that Kimberly_38 was a fake account and that it didn't belong to her mom.

Lakyn wrote on her Twitter account, "The Instagram KimberlyJones_38 is NOT my mom. She has a private Instagram and hasn't talked to anyone. We haven't received any money and don't plan on it. The gofundme's [sic] aren't by any of us."

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Lakyn clarified rumours via Twitter. Source: Twitter

The GoFundMe page, started on behalf of Keaton received donations exceeding $60,000. A few hours later, another page was started to collect money for Keaton's Christmas gifts. Now, both pages have been taken down.

The company said they needed to contact to Kimberly in order to verify if it is indeed her, according to Daily Mail. So far, GoFundMe has been unsuccessful in contacting Kimberly.

Last week, Keaton spoke out against bullying in his school in a recorded video. He said, "Just out of curiosity, 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."

Keaton added, "They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends. I don't like that they do it to me and I for sure don't like that they do it to other people because it's not okay."

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Keaton with his siblings. Source: Facebook

The mid-schooler's plight touched several hearts across America and received help from everyone who tried their bit to support him. Celebrities like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Cardi B, Snoop Dogg and others called him brave. In the next few days however, the Jones family became one of the most controversial families for holding a confederate flag and rumours which suggested that they asked for money.

 

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