Tennessee – More than 20 million people have watched Tennessee child’s plea to end bullying. His name is Keaton Jones, now he may be very popular.
Jones became internet famous when his mother, Kimberly Jones, posted a heartbreaking video of him describing bullying and harassment by his classmates. In response, stars like Chris Evans, Millie Bobby Brown, Hailee Steinfeld, Snoop Dogg and many more celebs have sent their social media support to Keaton.
After the video got really popular, a campaign page was started by Joseph Lam for the bullied teen.
"I came across this video on facebook of Kim Jones and her son Keaton," a description for the campaign page read. "Keaton is being bullied at school. This video really touched my heart. I decided to do this GoFund Me to help with this child's future."
The message continued, "I know that money may not be the answer to this problem that we are facing in our communities with bullying. One of my biggest fears as a parent is that my children will be bullied in school. I know it's a big task to tackle but it starts inside of our walls and the values that we teach our children. This is just one case of thousands out there. How many of our children stay in silence out of fear for their safety or for the fear of being further unaccepted. Over 3.2 million kids have bullied annually. 160,000 kids on a daily basis skip school out of fear of being bullied. They just want to be accepted and to be able to learn in a safe environment. I'm so glad Kim posted this video of her son. It shows how bullying can really impact a child. The video that she posted really touched my heart and felt compelled to help. This is the best way that I knew how."
However, against Keaton's mother, there was a rebound against controversial posts she made online.
People on social media began circulating photos they said were posted to her Facebook page of people holding Confederate flags.
You can’t tell you if the pictures are real, because her Facebook page has been wiped of everything but one post, and she has not responded to messages seeking comment.
Joseph wrote on the campaign page Monday, "As many of you know I paused the donations as well as the comments. As I sit back and read these comments and watched the video again I feel I have to make this update. THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE MOM!! However, passing judgment on her before you know her is a form of bullying. Condemnation before the evaluation is the ultimate form of ignorance. I can't even say for sure that any of whats being said is true. I don't know the family personally and never claimed to have known them."
He continued, "This is a kid who's been bullied and not just one kid, Keaton, there are many unspoken cases about kids being bullied. We have to be the voice for the voiceless. In the video, I saw a kid crying not just for himself but for others. To me, that's a kid with a heart of gold and deserves praise. I'm hoping that we can turn the money into something good whether it be for private school or college fund. I'm in touch with GFM on how to proceed at this point. Thank you, every one that donated."