Mom of bullied Union Co. boy responds to Confederate flag photos

Angelo Anderson
December 13, 2017

"Why do they bully, what's the point of it?"

The video quickly went viral and garnered tons of support from all across the nation.

In an interview with CBS This Morning on Tuesday, Kimberly Jones said the Confederate flag photos were taken out of context and were meant to be "a joke". Some called attention to social media posts in which Jones and his family members appeared to pose with confederate flags.

When asked if there was any racist intent behind the images Jones said "Absolutely not". It had had raised $57,000 but stopped taking donations and was holding onto the money for the family until it received more direction from them, according to an email from the person who started it. By way of explanation for those troubling photos, she offered CBS News the wan defense that her confederate flag images were "meant to be ironic and amusing", a claim that demonstrates a flexible understanding of both irony and humor. "I am genuinely, truly sorry".

"I can't take it back", Kimberly Jones told Inside Edition.

Some people, however, were concerned about the flag photos. He said he is looking to start a $25,000 college fund for Keaton to help his family continue his education.

"I think my message is being heard because, I mean, we've gone national". Because we are born and imbued with an innate sense for justice and personal dignity, we are more than bothered when bullied. "It's been a dream of mine since I was little for Captain America to know who I am".


Keaton, who says he was targeted by five fellow middle-schoolers, said he never complained to a teacher for fear that the bullies would "for sure attack".

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

CMCSS spokeswoman Elise Shelton said the school system "does not tolerate bullying and takes all steps to prevent it from happening". It has caused people to criticize her motives for putting up the video. The video went through Facebook and Twitter like wildfire, so much so that even celebrities saw it. Actors from famous movie franchises, musicians and more all converged to extend support and love to the young boy. Since the photo controversy, the GoFundMe page has been shut down.

"If they want to hate me, that's fine", she said. "On the inside, it was just tearing her to pieces that they were always making fun of her", Avila told NBC News.

Horace Maynard Middle School, the school that Keaton now attends, will hold an anti-bullying assembly on Monday.

"To fulfill our mission of educating all children in Union County Public Schools, we must provide an academic environment that is safe, civil and supportive", Union County Public Schools director James Carter said in a statement. That includes Evans, who said he still regards Keaton as a "hero" - along with another boy who had been bullied.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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