Keaton Jones, the Union County student whose bullying video has gone viral, enjoyed his new celebrity status Tuesday during a visit with the University of Tennessee football team and tour of Neyland Stadium.
Keaton entered the national spotlight Sunday after his mother, Kimberly Jones, shared a video of her son sobbing as he described how he is bullied at school.
She said protocol is that if parents aren't satisfied with the school's finding, they can take the matter to the director of elementary, middle or high schools, then to the chief academic officer and then to the director of schools. "Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them?"
As previously reported, after a video of an emotional Keaton describing how he's bullied in school went viral with more than 22 million views, stars, including Justin Bieber, Chris Evans and Demi Lovato, took to social media to share their support for Keaton and a GoFundMe page for the boy raised almost $58,000.
Monday, photos Kimberly Jones posted of her and her children with the Confederate flag began circulating around the internet. However, photographs of his family holding Confederate flags and questions about a GoFundMe page in his name have put them nearly immediately on the defensive.
"I mean that, you know, yesterday he was a hero".
"[The photo] was meant to be ironic and amusing and extreme", she added.
"I am genuinely and truly sorry". "I can't tell you what was done, but I can tell you action was taken with the children". "It's pretty special", Fulmer tells Keaton Jones. "I hope we can put all her mistakes in the past and focus on bettering the world".
Mr Lam has joined those who have urged people to continue supporting Keaton.
Keaton Jones still supported after mom's confederate flag photo surfaces
Keaton said the most exciting celebrity response he got was from actor Chris Evans, who urged him to "stay strong" and invited him to Los Angeles to see the premiere of the Marvel Studios-produced "Avengers: Infinity War" next year. "I did not tell him that I would rather have donations instead of the help from celebrities", she said.
"For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had he me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch", she wrote at the time. "It's been a dream of mine since I was little for Captain America to know who I am".
The pre-teen said he made the video in an effort "to inspire people" who are bullied and let them know "it's going to get better".
"I feel like we're not racist".
It is "a serious thing that goes on in our society". Teach them about the beauty in uniqueness and how to embrace others' differences!
Keaton even apologized for his mom on Twitter after the outcry. She said she approved one GoFundMe campaign, but cautioned that any others were fake.
"If they want to hate me, that's fine", she said.
In a statement to media, the Tennessee school district where Keaton is a student said bullying isn't allowed.