That’s right, what’s been called the “feel-good story” of a contentious time in our nation has turned out to be as murky as everything else.
Kimberly Jones posted a video on Friday, which showed her emotional son Keaton tearfully recounting the abuse he faced at school.
Actor Chris Evans offered to fly him out to Los Angeles for the premier of the upcoming “Avengers” film. However, their PSA to end bullying was quickly overshadowed by racist claims from online critics. Her mother, Latoshia Harris, said that her daughter was standing up to a bully in the video, something that others used to further disparage her, according to The Root.
Kimberly Jones did not respond to BuzzFeed’s questions about the various social media accounts and GoFundMe pages, but went on Good Morning America Tuesday morning to deny that her family is racist.
Keaton has gone through several surgeries in his young life to remove disfiguring tumors, and his scars are ammunition for bullies.
“She had stated that there are three girls that came to her and said they had been harassed and told, but nothing was done, and she should just not tell anyone because it gets worse”.
There are now GoFundMe campaigns dedicated to Ashawnty and Rosalie, both of which are exceeding their fundraising goals.
It remains inconclusive whether the donation accounts in fact belonged to Kimberly Jones or were created by other people who sought to take advantage of the viral story.
“We’ve heard you know, why does he talk like a baby and that hurts us as parents”, Tonya and Robert Ferdman, Mason’s parents, said. “It was ironic. It was amusing”.
Meanwhile, 70 percent of school staff say they’ve seen bullying, 62 percent witnessed it two or more times in the last month, and 41 percent see bullying once a week or more.
Kimberly and Keaton also sat down with ABC News for a interview to explain the photos. It makes the bullies feel alive. “However passing judgment on her before you know her is a form of bullying”.
Rihanna quietly removed an Instagram post, where she called Keaton a hero, Newsweek reported. In the days since his mother, Kimberly, uploaded his heartfelt message on Facebook, Keaton has received a wealth of support from people all over the world, including notable athletes, musicians, and celebrities. “We’re losing our babies to bullying!” Teach your kids love and equality. But my heart breaks for you!
Others seemed eager to continue to voice support for Keaton.
Joseph Lam, who made the GoFundMe page “Stand up for Keaton”, earned $57,484.