But today, accusations are being floated as to the mother’s motives, calling many to scrutinize the authenticity of the incident. The school principal responded that the bullying issues Keaton referred to were dealt with weeks ago and that the bullying there “is not as rampant as the video would have you believe.” Numerous fake social media accounts seemed to pop up claiming to be Keaton or Kimberly, and at least one GoFundMe page — apparently not associated with the Jones family — has raised more than $57,000 before it was shut down on Monday, and apparently GoFundMe is working with the creator to make sure the money is dealt with properly. Kimberly Jones made her Facebook page private on Monday in response to the backlash.
Whatever the mother’s story will eventually reveal, it’s hard to believe that Keaton’s video, which Kimberly filmed in the car, was not authentic. “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 said.
Behind the tears, Keaton shares how fellow middle-schoolers “make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends.” The bullying gets physical too, with kids pouring milk on him and putting ham down his clothes. Keaton also uses the video to question why kids would do such a thing: “Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?” He points out: “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and find a way to be mean to them? It’s not okay.”