The pre-teen said he made the video in an effort "to inspire people" who are bullied and let them know "it's going to get better". "It was meant to be ironic and amusing and extreme", she told USA broadcaster ABC News.
Celebrities who rushed to join sports stars and the rest of America in showing an outpouring of support for bullied Tennessee middle school student Keaton Jones struggled with how to maintain that sympathy after photos surfaced of the boy's mother holding a Confederate flag. When Ashawnty found out the video was posted online, she was "devastated", her mother told KDVR.
Ms Jones admits to approving one GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for Keaton but said all others purporting to do the same are fake.
Being a Knoxville native, this was probably a great experience for Jones, who also received a visit from redshirt freshman QB Jarrett Guarantano recently.
She gave a similar answer to ABC News, saying that those close to her know she is not racist.
By the time they graduate from high school, 28 percent of students have been bullied, approximately 30 percent of young people admit in surveys to bullying others, and 70 percent of young people will have witnessed bullying, the website says.
Kimberly shared the video of Keaton on social media Friday.
"It was meant to be ironic and amusing and extreme. She just wants me to share her GoFundMe account", Schilling said, adding that he asked why.
"We're not racist", Kimberly said alongside Keaton Tuesday as the pair appeared on Good Morning America. She replaced her anti-bullying message with a post about two girls, 10-year-old Ashawnty Davis and 13-year-old Rosalie Avila, who killed themselves in separate incidents in late November after being bullied.
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Joseph Lam from Buena, New Jersey, said he created a GoFundMe page because Keaton's story touched his heart. He said any report of bullying is immediately investigated, but the privacy of everyone involved would be respected.
The hashtag #StandWith Keaton continues to trend on social media. "So many people are supporting us", he added. Condemnation before evaluation is the ultimate form of ignorance. He said in an update on the page that he doesn't "know the family personally and never claimed to have known them".
Keaton told CBS that he has been regularly bullied by five middle-schoolers and was too afraid of them to tell a teacher. We have to be the voice for the voiceless.