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GOFUNDME ACCOUNT SET UP FOR TENNESSEE BOY WHO SHARED BULLYING STORY ON VIDEO PUT ON HOLD


According to New York Daily News; A GoFundMe account set up for a Tennessee boy who claimed in a teary video that he was being bullied is not accepting any more donations as suspicions grow about his mother's motives.

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The account, which was created on Saturday by Joseph Lam, was to help Keaton James financially and had received more than $57,000 in donations. But on Monday evening, he paused the contributions, without giving a reason.

The Facebook video, which was posted by Keaton’s mother, Kimberly Jones, on Friday and garnered over 18 million views, has since been deleted. Numerous celebrities, including Demi Lovato, Chris Evans and Snoop Dogg, showed their support for the boy on social media.

But Keaton’s sob story quickly turned controversial when MMA fighter Joe Schilling said he had exposed a woman claiming to be Kimberly Jones.

Schilling said in an Instagram video he reached out to Jones offering to take her son to a Los Angeles show, but said she just “wants money” and wanted him to share a GoFundMe page.

It wasn’t clear if it was the same page created by Lam. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

She also made headlines Monday after an alleged Facebook post showed her posing with a Confederate flag.

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“I've taken that down for a reason,” Jones told Fox News, without saying why.

Lam later posted, “THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE MOM!!” and added that he didn’t personally know the family but just wanted help Keaton. It’s also unclear where the funds will go.

A GoFundMe spokesman told the Daily News the funds raised on Lam’s page are paused until the company verifies a campaign beneficiary. The company is working to make sure the money goes to Keaton, the spokesman said.

The principal of the Tennessee middle school that Keaton attends said, the incidents described were not as "rampant" as the video made it seem.

Greg Clay, the principal of Horace Maynard Middle School, told the Knox News that he was unaware sixth grader Keaton Jones was being repeatedly bullied and said things have since been resolved.

"It's not as rampant as the video would have you believe," he said. "I can't tell you what was done, but I can tell you action was taken with the children."

Clay told the outlet that the school was going to hold an assembly on Monday to address bullying, and an anti-bullying discussion was planned for next month "even before this came out."

"We all sympathize with Keaton and we're doing everything we can to make sure it never happens again," he said. "Everybody saw the video and it was horrible. We don't want anyone to feel like that. Keaton's a good kid. We'll take care of him."

In the video, posted on Facebook by Keaton's mother Kimberly Jones, the middle schooler cries as he describes how classmates make fun of his physical appearance and pour milk on him.

"They call me ugly," he said. "They say I have no friends. They poured milk on me, put ham down my clothes, threw bread at me."

Keaton then offers others being bullied a few words of encouragement.

"If you are made fun of just don't let it bother you," he said. "Stay strong, I guess. It's hard. It'll probably get better one day."

Jones said in a Facebook post that she had to pick Keaton up from school early on Friday because he was afraid to go to lunch.

The video, which was removed from Facebook, was watched by millions of people and quickly grabbed the attention of celebrities and athletes who offered their support to Keaton.

"I #StandwithKeaton. Keaton baby, just know you're not alone," Demi Lovato tweeted. "There are so many people who come out of bullying so much stronger and you will be one of them!! God bless you sweetheart."

My view: Why did the mother set up A GoFundMe?

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