Keaton Jones GoFundMe page shut down, mom forced to defend motives after celeb calls her out

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For Keaton Jones, it looked like life had suddenly transformed for the better.

After Keaton’s mother filmed his account of the bullying he experiences at school and the video went viral, celebrities rushed to make once-in-a-lifetime offers to the emotionally-stricken boy.

Actor Chris Evans offered to fly him out to Los Angeles for the premier of the upcoming “Avengers” film. Donald Trump, Jr. offered to host Keaton and his mother at his home while they visit UFC headquarters in Las Vegas.

But now many have put their benevolence on pause over allegations that Keaton’s mother, Kimberly Jones, is only out for money.

The controversy arose after two GoFundMe accounts and a Paypal account that claimed to belong to Kimberly Jones began receiving scrutiny on Monday.

(Photo: Facebook).

One of the GoFundMe pages raised nearly $60,000 in donations from contributors moved by Keaton’s plight.

MMA fighter Joe Schilling cast doubt on the motive behind the donation requests with a video posted to his Instagram account.

In his video, Schilling said he contacted Kimberly Jones via Instagram, offering to take Keaton to an event where he could meet other fighters. But Ms. Jones allegedly only wanted money.

Schilling also shared a screen capture of the conversation he had with the user claiming to be Kimberly Jones. When Schilling accused the user of trying to profit off of her son’s misfortune, she replied “what happened to us whites sticking together and helping one another against the predator?”

Jones told Fox News Schilling’s claims are untrue. “I did not tell him that I would rather have donations instead of the help from celebrities,” she said.

She also defended her family on Instagram.

“I love my kids: Ya’ll people do not know me or my family. Did y’all know that my son Keaton was spit on in school, picked on by teachers, that supposed to be there for him??? I’m guessing y’all didn’t because y’all wanna steady Judge me and say I’m using him for money that’s false.”

Kimberly Jones’ daughter and Keaton’s sister, Lakyn, took to Twitter to say the Instagram user Schilling spoke with was not her mother. Lakyn also denied her family’s connection to the GoFundMe pages.

GoFundMe shut down one of the pages and placed a hold on the one worth $60,000, TMZ reports.

In light of these events, some social media users expressed a negative perception of the Keaton Jones story. The backlash was compounded by the circulation of photos from Kimberly Jones’ Facebook account, which showed her holding a Confederate flag.

Greg Clay, the principal of Horace Maynard Middle School, where Keaton attends, told USA Today the bullying situation is not as problematic as Keaton’s video suggests.

“‘It’s not as rampant as the video would have you believe,” Clay said. “I can’t tell you what was done, but I can tell you action was taken with the children.”

But a neighbor, Amanda Hensley, said her daughter was bullied at the same school for being overweight. “They like to keep it hid over there,” Hensley asserted. “Unless something like this comes out, they don’t tell nothing.”

Keaton Jones and his sisters. (Photo: Facebook).

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.


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