Union County boy shares thoughts after viral video on bullying

Angelo Anderson
December 18, 2017

A GoFundMe for Keaton has already raised over $58,000, but it looks like the story is being scrutinized by many on the internet, who are calling both Keaton's rumored actions and the actions of his mother into question.

The video shows teary Tennessee teenager Keaton Jones eloquently recounting to his mother his experiences of bullying at school in the U.S. state, imploring: 'Just out of curiosity: why do they bully?

"[They] poured milk on me and put ham down my clothes".

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.

"They make fun of my nose". "I mean, people that know us, know us".

Still, he says through tears, "I don't like that they do it to me and I for sure don't like that they do it to other people". "It's not their fault".

Stay strong, Keaton. Don't let them make you turn cold.

'But it'll probably get better one day, ' Keaton concluded. The video has been viewed over 15 million times. UFC President Dana White, "Stranger Things" actress Millie Bobby Brown, rapper Snoop Dogg, "Avengers" actor Chris Evans, singer Katy Perry and pop star Justin Bieber have all shared their own messages of support for Jones. Allegations spread on social media that she, and possibly Keaton, used the N-word.

Jones told "Good Morning America" Tuesday that the pictures were meant to be "funny and ironic". We don't want anyone to feel like that. As I sit back and read these comments and watched the video again I feel I have to make this update.

Schilling also shared an alleged conversation between him and Kimberly Jones with her essentially saying, "I'm poor I'm not rich".

Also on Twitter, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker invited the Jones family to an upcoming game, while University of Tennessee wide receiver Tyler Byrd said he and several teammates plan to visit Keaton at school.

A GoFundMe page for Keaton, "Stand Up for Keaton", which raised almost $60,000 in two days, has been put on hold and is no longer accepting donations.

Ms. Jones did not respond to a Facebook message on Sunday requesting an interview with Keaton.

Aside from the video, screenshots of an Instagram direct message exchange between Schilling and a user purporting to be Kimberly allegedly shows her using racist language when pleading with Schilling for help.

"If they want to hate me or whatever that's fine, but still talk to your kids because this is an epidemic".

On 8 December 2017, a Tennessee boy named Keaton Jones appeared in a video, visibly distraught over bullying.

"That viral video of #KeatonJones talking about being bullied is heartbreaking, and I feel sympathetic towards that child", tweeted media personality Tariq Nasheed. "Change things, maybe? Show him a better world?"

The Union County Board of Education confirmed that Keaton had been bullied in school, and an anti-bullying assembly will be held on Monday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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