All eyes have been on Keaton Jones since his mother, Kimberly Jones, posted a tear-filled video of her son as he described being bullied at school.
But the spotlight shifted from her sobbing son to the mom herself after photos surfaced of her with a Confederate flag. The photos had people questioning the mom’s behavior, Dearly previously reported.
Keaton Jones MOM is a next level racist who’s posted in many offensive and non remorseful comments towards black people, so how is she preaching about bullying when she herself is a bully ??? lmao people are funny pic.twitter.com/bTnF7BFDGr
— Queen Mel ?? (@BLVCKMATTERS) December 11, 2017
Her bullied child’s heartbreaking video was put on the back burner as her alleged racism became the new focus:
I felt sorry for the kid because I was also bullied but after I saw this I am disgusted and I won’t support his cause maybe the reason why he is bullied are his racists parents
— ?Adrianna? (@AdriannaIzabela) December 11, 2017
The Tennessee mother told “Good Morning America” her family isn’t racist. She said:
“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. I mean, people that know us, know us.”
TMZ reports the mother defended her social media posts by explaining the pictures were meant to be “extreme” and “ironic and funny.” Kimberly admitted she would take down the posts now if she could.
Kimberly added that she understands why some are upset with her after seeing the photo but hopes the message about bullying stays strong, telling “GMA”:
“You want to hate me, and whatever, that’s fine, but talk to your kids because this is an epidemic.”
An apology, which has been removed, appeared on Keaton’s Instagram page when his mom’s past posts came into play:keatonjones11/Instagram
During her interview with “GMA,” Kimberly also shot down claims she was using GoFundMe accounts as a way to pull in money. The mother confirmed one page was established in Keaton’s honor but warned that others were fake.
GoFundMe had already yanked two pages down after the page “Stand Up for Keaton” brought in $58,249 in donations for the middle school boy, according to TMZ. GoFundMe said the man who created the page doesn’t know Keaton’s mother, so they needed to verify the money was going to her.
The other page, which was raising funds for Christmas gifts for Keaton, was also stopped over fraud concerns; GoFundMe is working to confirm the money was going to Kimberly.
Watch the full report below: