Boy in viral bullying video speaks out as mom faces backlash

An easterly Tennessee middle-schooler is speaking out after an romantic Facebook video about being bullied. In the widely-shared video, Keaton Jones describes how associate students poured divert on him and pressed food in his clothes. Support in the form of comforting messages flooded in for the tyro over the weekend. 

Now, his mom is addressing the recoil on social media over some of her other posts which show her and her son with Confederate flags.

“I had adequate of it. They had pronounced that someone was going to kick me up in lunch so we texted my mom and we pronounced ‘what do we do here?'” Keaton told CBS News match Mark Strassmann.

 Asked whose thought it was to make the video, Keaton said, “It was mine.”

Keaton, who says he was targeted by 5 associate middle-schoolers, pronounced he never complained to a teacher for fear that the bullies would “for certain attack.”

“He became some-more and some-more vibrated and didn’t wish to go back to school,” pronounced Keaton’s mother, Kimberly Jones.  

Jones was behind the camera and posted the video to her Facebook.

“I knew that it could be good and we knew that it could be awful, and it has been,” Jones pronounced of the open response to the video.  

The spotlight on Keaton also expel courtesy onto Jones’s before social media posts including one where she is holding a Confederate dwindle – a pitch of honour for some, and injustice for others. Her daughter’s Twitter also contained a family photo with a Confederate flag.

“The only two photos — the only two photos on my whole universe that we am anywhere nearby a Confederate flag. It was ironic. It was funny,” Jones said.


Keaton Jones

“It didn’t have anything to do with extremist intent?” Strassmann asked.

“No. No. Absolutely not. I’ve pronounced we spent many of my life being bullied and judged since we wasn’t racist,” Jones said. 

Thanks to the video, Keaton went from a bullied middle-schooler to a child with friends around the world.

“It done me feel like we had achieved something real. Something that could actually change the world,” Keaton pronounced of his video.

While the Union County Board of Education told CBS News they “do not and will not endure bullying,” Keaton’s center school is pronounced to be holding an anti-bullying public on Monday. Keaton pronounced he doesn’t devise on returning to classes until after the holiday mangle in January.  

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