Keaton James GoFundMe account frozen over suspicion of Mother’s motive
If your little boy was being bullied at school, and asked you to make a video so he could speak out against the kids tormenting him, would you post it to Facebook and then set up a GoFundMe campaign in his name?
This is what Kimberly Jones has allegedly done after her boy, Keaton James, a victim of constant bullying at school asked her to pick him up from school late last week because he was afraid to go to lunch.
The video went viral over the weekend and with more than 20 million views, has struck at the heartstrings of many, celebrities included who have all flocked to social media to lend their support for the boy.
In the video, Keaton describes how he is tormented at school, tearfully recounting episodes where he is laughed at, milk is poured over him and ham is put down his clothes.
In the video, he says that people who are different, should not have to be criticised for being different because its not their fault.
“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 stand behind Keaton Jones
Celebrities from Donald Trump Junior, to Justin Bieber have reached out to Keaton to lend their support. Here are a few of their responses:
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.”
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.”
“What makes you so special is that there is only one you,” tweeted Hailee Steinfeld, who invited Jones to her upcoming premier.
“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?”
“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.
Local Tennessee celebrities also waded in to lend their support for Keaton.
The Tennessee Titons invited his family to an upcoming home game, and some Tennessee Volunteer football players stated that they would be going to visit Keaton at school.
Is Kimberly in it for the money?
Joseph Lam, who claims he has no connection to the family set up a GoFundMe page for Keaton and the account has more than 58,000 dollars in it. Many are wondering why he would feel the need to do this?
He stated that although he does not know the family, “THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE MOM!!” He added that he just wanted to do something nice for a bullied kid.
MMA fighter Joe Schilling is one such celebrity who has publicly called out Keaton’s mother for using her son to make money.
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.”
Schilling says he asked Kimberly why she would set up a GoFundMe page in her son’s name and says she answered: “well Christmas is coming and I’m a single mother, blah, blah, money’s tight.”
Jones has since denied making that remark, but many are beginning to doubt her motive for posting the video in the first place, which has since been taken down.
“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,” Schilling stated.
What is certainly not helping Kimberly’s credibility are recent photos of her that she posted to her own Facebook account that feature her holding a Confederate flag and whining about all the “butt hurt Americans.”
More damaging to her credibility are rumors that she started a second GoFundMe campaign to raise money to buy her sun Christmas presents.
A GoFundMe spokesman, speaking with the Daily News stated that the campaign has been frozen until the company can verify a campaign beneficiary. He says that efforts have been made to contact Kimberly Jones but the company have been unable to connect with her yet.
Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca