New Details Revealed About Mom Of Bullied 11-Year-Old Keaton Jones (And Why People Think She's A Racist Con Artist)

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Kimberly Jones defended the photos of her and her family posing with the Confederate flag.

Keaton Jones took the world by storm when he called out his bullies in an emotional video that went viral this week. While celebrities and athletes took to social media to show support for the 11-year-old Tennessee boy, others accused his mother of having ill intentions and a history of racism. 

After the video went viral, people began to call out Kimberly Jones for raising money in her son's name. Quickly after the internet began to show support for Keaton, a GoFundMe campaign was set up for him by a man named Joseph Lam that has raised over $57,000. A spokesperson for the website said they were holding the money until they could confirm the beneficiary. 

After that discovery, MMA fighter Joe Schilling posted a video on Instagram accusing Kimberly of urging him to donate to the GoFundMe. He said initially reached out to her and offered to take Keaton to a show in Los Angeles. 

The video has since been deleted, and Kimberly told Fox News that she never had contact with Schilling. She also said the GoFundMe page was started by a man she doesn't know. 

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On Monday someone who identified themselves as Kimberly launched a PayPal account and announced on Instagram that they could donate to Keaton there. Keaton's older sister, Lakyn Jones, wrote on Twitter that same day that the account was not her mother.

"The Instagram KimberlyJones_38 is NOT my mom. She has a private Instagram and hasn't talked to anyone. We haven't received any money and don't plan on it. The gofundme's [sic] aren't by any of us."

That account seems to be the same one Schilling interacted with. 

Twitter sleuths discovered two photos of Kimberly and her family posing with Confederate flags. One was on her Facebook page and the other was on Lakyn's Twitter account. People immediately called her out for being a racist. 

"The only two photos -- the only two photos on my entire planet that I am anywhere near a Confederate flag. It was ironic. It was funny," Jones told CBS.

When asked if the photos had any racist intent, she replied: "No. Absolutely not. I've said I spent most of my life being bullied and judged because I wasn't racist."

The image that was posted on her Facebook page August 25 — which has since been set to private — included the following comment. 

"Dear butt hurt Americans, if you aren’t bleeding, no bones are sticking out and you can breathe, STOP Crying! For the love, some folks clearly never picked a switch. And before y’all start talking to me about metaphorical, emotional, financial or historical blood and brokenness, Don’t. Join a group. #Yallneedsomeporchtherapy #coffeewithJesus #somethin #FINE." 

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Lakyn defended her mother in a series of tweets that have since been deleted saying that she isn't a racist but a "strong Southern woman." 

“I am from the south," Lakyn wrote. "You’ll see a million flags like that. Doesn’t mean we are racist.”

There were also rumors circling that prior to being bullied, Keaton used racial slurs at school. Lakyn responded to this also by saying: "Those who know me and my family know we aren't racist. My brother doesn't say the 'N' word. Please leave it alone."

That rumor started on Twitter and claimed that the person who revealed the photos of Keaton's family with the Confederate flag also said that the 11-year-old made racial slurs on several different occasions.

That person also said that the bullying incident that Keaton talked about was actually an effort to make him stop. That rumor has not been confirmed or addressed by Kimberly or Keaton. 

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. Every Wednesday at 10:20 p.m. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on YourTango’s Facebook page. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz).