Mom addresses backlash over Confederate flag posts

Mom who posted video of bullied son denies being racist says she’s not using son’s story for money

The video had more than 18 million views by Sunday and prompted an outpouring of support from celebrities including actor Chris Evans, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker, University of Tennessee wide receiver Tyler Byrd, retired race vehicle driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and singers Snoop Dog and Katy Perry.

"They make fun of my nose", he said.

Jones and his mother, Kimberly Jones, declined to comment on the viral video in which he describes being bullied, when approached by a reporter outside the Anderson Training Center on campus. As USA Today reports, there were two Instagram accounts that claimed to be run by Jones.

Questions have also been raised about the GoFundMe pages started to raise money for the boy.

In his video, Schilling said he contacted Kimberly Jones via Instagram, offering to take Keaton to an event where he could meet other fighters.

In a second post, Schilling shared a screenshot of messages he exchanged with the @kimberlyjones_38 account.

Jones has not responded to requests for an interview from the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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She said this is the moment Keaton has wanted to change the world for the better.

Kimberly Jones made her Facebook page private amid the attention the bullying video began getting and the backlash.

"I don't like that they do it to me, and I for sure don't like that they do it to other people because it's not okay", Jones said. 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've spent most of my life being bullied and judged because I wasn't racist".

"[The photo] was meant to be ironic and amusing and extreme", she added. However, she denied she was a racist. Meanwhile, other scammers and impersonators attempted to capitalize on the Jones' sudden fame, soliciting PayPal donations and creating alternate GoFundMe pages.

Reaction on social media has been mixed.

Keaton's mom, however, denied any racist intent behind the post with photos of her and son Keaton with a Confederate flag. "It's not OK." As Keaton Jones, a schoolboy from Tennessee, tells his mum that bullies called him ugly and poured milk over his head, it is impossible not to be moved. "Thank you." Lam said. "If i could take it back I would". He was bullied. And then for his mother on the top of his being given this kind of sympathy and notoriety, to embrace people who were the advocates of institutional state bullying. "They like to keep it hid over there", Hensley asserted.

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