LeBron James, other athletes rally in support of bullied boy Keaton Jones

Lawrence Kim
December 18, 2017

Celebrities have gone above and beyond to assure the young boy that the bullies do not have the power to get him down, reminding him to stay strong, and offering him incredible opportunities to show him that he is special and worthy. 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 bullies "put milk on me and put ham down my clothes, throw bread on me". Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to 'em?

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.

He says: "They make fun of my nose". I don't know the family personally and never claimed to have known them.

The GoFundMe page for Keaton, started by a man named Joseph Lam, was paused amid criticism of the mother. "It's not their fault".

Keaton today said he made the video because he wanted to let people know that bullying is "a serious thing". "Just stay strong, I guess", he says. I promise it gets better. The video has been viewed over 15 million times.

Posting on Twitter, US media personality Tariq Nasheed shared a photo that saw Keaton and his siblings posing in front of the Confederate Flag - which is widely emblematic of racism in America due to its historic links with slavery. She also responded to allegations on social media that her brother used the "N word", saying he does not and "we don't condone that behavior".

"[The photo] was meant to be ironic and amusing and extreme", she added.

"I feel like anybody who wants to take the time to ask anybody who I am or even troll through some other pictures, I mean I feel like we're not racist", Jones told ABC News. "I've taken that down for a reason", Jones told Fox News of her decision without elaborating on what reason is.

One report says Horace Maynard Middle School principal Greg Clay claims he's not heard of multiple bullying incidents against Keaton being shared. One of the GoFundMe pages had received $60,000 in donations before being closed.

Ms. Jones did not respond to a Facebook message on Sunday requesting an interview with Keaton. According to his mother, the boy asked her to pick him because he was afraid to eat with his schoolmates. "Talk to your kids because this (bullying) is an epidemic".

"I did not tell him that I would rather have donations instead of the help from celebrities", Jones said in an Instagram direct message to the news outlet. "Change things, maybe? Show him a better world?"

"To fulfill our mission of educating all children in Union County Public Schools, we must provide an academic environment that is safe, civil and supportive", Union County Public Schools director James Carter said in a statement. Jones said Keaton wouldn't be returning to classes until after holiday break in January.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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