On Friday, a woman named Kimberly Jones from Knoxville, Tennessee, posted a video of her son Keaton crying about getting bullied to social media, and the vid went quickly viral. Keaton's heartbreaking pleas for kindness plucked many heart strings. He was invited to the Avengers premiere by Chris Evans, a GoFundMe, which has of now, raised $58,000 and counting, was obviously getting money hand over fist, and celebs everywhere were rallying for Keaton.
It turns out that sticking a camera in your child's face when they're sobbing isn't a hallmark of great parenting. The Root reports that evidence of the Jones family's commitment to their Confederate past via racist flag flying has been surfacing, as well as screenshots of conversations supposedly had with Kimberly, sayings "us whites" need to stick together. It's worth noting that this person is alleging to be Kimberly. That said, it looks very, very bad.
Okay, this sucks. Keaton is a kid of course, and so it's hard to heap too much blame on him. As Complex notes, stories have also come up that suggest he wasn't so much as bullied, as much as his classmates were trying to get him to stop using racist slurs, including the n-word.
For what it's worth, according to the Tennessean, Principal Greg Clay, says that he wasn't aware of the child being bullied. Clay also claims that the incident discussed in the video was resolved as of a few weeks ago. "It's not as rampant as the video would have you believe," said Principal Clay. "I can't tell you what was done, but I can tell you action was taken with the children."
MMA fighter Joe Schilling posted a now viral video on Instagram, sharing a conversation he alleges happened between himself and a woman presenting herself as Kimberly. Schilling claims he contacted Kimberly to invite them to Los Angeles for a Bellator event to meet fighters and become his "friend." Supposedly, she responded by saying she just "wants money" and just wants the GoFundMe account to be shared, which raised a huge red flag. Schilling says that when he asked her why, she explained that she was a single mother and Christmas is coming.
As always, it's worth repeating that this person is alleging to be Keaton's mother, but it's unconfirmed as to who is running the account.
It's hard to resist viral causes, especially when some kid is weeping on your timeline, but next time check the parent's social media accounts before donating.
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