Keaton Jones’ mother denies posting video to make money off her son
Keaton Jones is a Tennessee native who the world now knows about thanks to his bravery in confronting his bullies that torment him on a daily basis.
Finally having had enough of daily abuse at the hands of kids at school, Jones asked his mother to help him make a video that she then posted to Facebook.
The video has gone viral and has more than 20 million views and has drawn the attention of many celebrities including Justin Bieber and Donald Trump Junior.
In the video, Keaton is tearful as he describes what the kids do to him at school, stating that they pour milk on him and put ham down his clothes.
He says that kids tease him, laugh at his nose and call him names.
In the video, Keaton, asks “Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK.”
“People that are different don’t need to be criticised about it. It’s not their fault.
“It’s hard. It’ll probably get better one day.”
Keaton’s mom wrote: “We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.”
Celebrities support Keaton
Many celebrities took to social media to lend their support for Keaton.
“Stay strong,” wrote Sean Hannity. “Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year?”
“What makes you so special is that there is only one you,” tweeted Hailee Steinfeld, who invited Jones to her upcoming premier.
Dana White, UFC president wrote on Twitter: I want to meet Keaton Jones a very smart little boy who is being bullied at school. This video is heartbreaking!! I want to bring Keaton to Vegas and hang out at UFC Headquarters. If anyone knows how i can reach the family please let me know. Thank u everyone.”
“If he takes you up on your offer to see UFC Headquarters, I would be honored to host him and his family at our place if they need somewhere to stay,” Donald Trump Jr. added.
Justin Bieber took to Instagram to lend his support, writing: “That fact he has sympathy and compassion for other people when he’s going through it himself, is a testament to who he is,” he said.
Even Doctor Phil weighed in on Twitter: “Keaton- hang in there. Keep studying and never lose sight of your dreams. I was bullied and called fat. It gets better. Your bullies have been hurt somehow and that is why they need to hurt. They will fade away. Adventure is out there.”
Local celebrities also chimed in upon watching the video.
Keaton has been invited to an upcoming Tennessee Titons home game, and some Tennessee Volunteer university football players are going to visit him in school.
Is Keaton’s mom in it for the money?
While many are touched by the raw emotion of the video, some feel that Keaton’s mother is out to make a buck, as she did set up a Paypal page for people to make donations to the family.
Joe Schilling is an MMA fighter who reached out to the family after watching the video, but now he is second guessing the intent of the video.
Schilling posted a video on Monday via Instagram with the caption, “Go look at her ig watch her story posts she just running a money scam. Really really sad and disgusting. Tagging celebrities trying to get them to donate to her go fund me account smfh. @kimberlyjones_38 @danawhite @gracegraciefit @snoopdogg @plies.”
I feel pretty stupid right now. I was pretty moved by Keaton Jones video so I reached out to his mom and was going to bring him out to LA for a Bellator event that’s coming up, big show, and and introduce him to fighters, be his friend, and she just wants money. She just wants me to share her GoFund me account.”
He states that he asked Keaton’s mother what the GoFundMe account was for, and says that her response was: well Christmas is coming and I’m a single mother, blah, blah, money’s tight.”
Jones has denied saying that, and took to Instagram to defend herself, writing: oney. “I love my kids: Ya’ll people do not know me or my family,” Jones wrote. “Did y’all know that my son Keaton was spit on in school, picked on by teachers, that supposed to be there for him??? I’m guessing y’all didn’t because y’all wanna steady Judge me and say I’m using him for money that’s false.”
Currently the GoFundMe account has more than $58,000 in it.