Keaton Jones captured the hearts of millions of people over the weekend. The middle schooler from Knoxville, Tennessee, went viral after a video of him brought more attention to bullying in American schools. His heartbreaking, tearful account of the bullying he was facing at school prompted several celebrities to reach out to the boy, offering him support as well as free concert tickets and dates to multiple red carpet movie premieres. The video, originally posted to Facebook by his mother Kimberly Jones, is still making the rounds on social media as more people share the young boy’s story.
Keaton Jones from Tennessee has a message for all the bullies out there.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?” Keaton pleads to the camera. “Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them?”
Keaton’s story of being bullied triggered a huge amount of support and love.
#StandWithKeaton we love u my friend- we need more of ur kindness.. compassion… bravery.. and honesty in everyone, and the whole world is learning from u- thank u Keaton 💞we all got ur back✊🏼✊🏼
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) December 11, 2017
He claims he is subject to constant bullying in the form of physical attacks, like having milk poured on him and ham shoved down his clothes.
Some people have let Keaton know that he will be a stronger person after it is all over.
I #StandwithKeaton. Keaton baby, just know you’re not alone. There are so many people who come out of bullying so much stronger and you will be one of them!! God bless you sweetheart. https://t.co/LdCAy2lDHu
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 11, 2017
They also have some strong words for those bullies attacking Keaton, calling them ignorant and insecure.
I love this boy and I’ve never met him. You are brave and beautiful just as you are, don’t ever let others define who you are. Bullies are insecure and ignorant. Words create emotional poison, don’t listen to them so that poison doesn’t ever get to your pure heart ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SjntR2Pksk
— Eva Longoria Baston (@EvaLongoria) December 10, 2017
Eva Longoria Baston has been open about her own experience with bullying. When she was younger, Longoria Baston says she was often referred to as the ugly duckling and she believed it to be true. According to an old interview, she describes being the only dark-haired and dark-eyed member of her family. Her sisters all had light hair and light eyes, and she relied on her personality to make it through their teasing.
Chart-topper Cardi B even offered to show up and fight his bullies.
I can’t get that boy I️n that video out my mind 😪I wish i can give him a hug and beat the shit out them kids that pick on him .I don’t care if they kids 👊🏽👊🏽FUCK YOU !!
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) December 10, 2017
But, it didn’t take long for Keaton’s mom Kimberly to be outed for her political and social views.
Keaton Jones MOM is a next level racist who's posted in many offensive and non remorseful comments towards black people, so how is she preaching about bullying when she herself is a bully 🤔🤔🤔 lmao people are funny pic.twitter.com/bTnF7BFDGr
— Queen Mel 🇭🇹 (@BLVCKMATTERS) December 11, 2017
Keaton’s mother has since made her Facebook page private after social media users started to share her photos and statuses that exposed a racist undertone. Among the images captured before she shut down her Facebook was an image of her opposing NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Another image shows children holding a Confederate flag, a Bible, and a handgun.
One user verified the post Kimberly wrote telling people to stop crying if their pain was not physical.
i investigate and here are the evidence found…
just in case the doubters come out claiming the picture is fake pic.twitter.com/oEupKIzzsc
— I AM DIM (@CapoDim) December 11, 2017
All of the attention from the video led to people commenting on some of her posts. The “Dear butt hurt Americans” post became a major point for people telling Kimberly to look at her own statements if she is going to come out against bullying.
And yet another social media user found proof of Kimberly admitting that the Confederate flag was just laying around her house.
From the mother's (Kimberly Jones) own words, that Confederate flag is NOT something they borrowed from the neighbor. pic.twitter.com/ohnGqnYm8w
— 🌽BAN THE NAZIS YOU ASSCLOWNS🌽 (@Official_GDL) December 11, 2017
“My favorite thing about it is that all of the ‘supplies’ were readily available for our impromptu photoshoot. #welcometothedirty,” Kimberly wrote about the photo.
Some even began to question whether Kimberly is capitalizing off her son’s trauma to make money.
So MMA Boxer Joe Schilling spoke with Keaton Jones’ mother and well he found some things out pretty fast. pic.twitter.com/WXoGggjMwX
— Mars Blackmon (@DrTGIF) December 11, 2017
MMA boxer Joe Schilling describes a conversation he had with Kimberly that lead him to believe that she’s using her son to get more money donated to the GoFundMe account she set up.
When Schilling sent her a message on Facebook to call her out, Kimberly showed her true colors.
The new evidence has caused a discussion about the importance of transparency and practicing what you preach.
Dear #KimberlyJones, I hope you know that what you just did to your son, #KeatonJones is way worse than anything any bully could ever do to him. You are supposed 2b his safe place. Yet, you just attempted to pimp him out to the world. Is he even safe in his own home? Shame on u.
— Stephanie Parrott (@StephParrott) December 11, 2017