Over the weekend, a video of a student in Tennessee went viral after his description of the bullying he endures pulled at the heartstrings of many celebrities. However, once Facebook posts from his mother — wherein she defends the Confederate Flag and criticizes Black protestors — surfaced, a debate about selective empathy followed.
Keaton Jones is a student at Horace Maynard Middle School in Maynardville in Union County, Tenn., and in a recent video he revealed how his classmates made fun of the way he looks, poured milk on him, put ham down his clothes and refused to be his friend.
The principal of Keaton's middle school said the incident described in the video had been resolved and the situation was not as widely spread as it appears, reported Knox News.
"It's not as rampant as the video would have you believe," said Principal Greg Clay. "I can't tell you what was done, but I can tell you action was taken with the children."
Clay said he wasn't aware of Jones being repeatedly bullied and that the incident was resolved weeks ago.
Also a GoFundMe has raised over $55,000 for Keaton; however, it's unclear if his mother started the campaign and who will be receiving the money.
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