The pain and tears in the eyes of Tennessean middle-schooler Keaton Jones are all too familiar for victims of bullying. Addressing the anguish he experiences during his time at school during the day, Keaton’s emotional video has gone viral in the past couple days. 

In the video, Keaton said other students call him ugly, make fun of his nose and tell him he has no friends. He said milk was poured on him and ham was put down his clothes.

“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and find a way to be mean to them? It’s not okay. People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault. If you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you.”

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However, another part of the story is unfolding. A Twitter user by the handle of @lowkeylean recently responded to the video with a narrative of his own. “This is Keaton Jones,” states his post. “He repeatedly called his class mates the n-word and got his ass beat for hit. Now his family wants the internet to feel bad for him.” 

Keaton’s mother, Kimberly Jones, started a GoFundMe shortly after the video went viral, raising nearly $60,000 in the timespan of a couple days. However, Kimberly has been accused of racism due to some association with the Confederate flag, and as such, the GoFundMe campaign has been halted

The situation at hand, therefore, with the above information, seems to indicate that Keaton Jones is the child of a fairly conservative family, and may have called other students racial slurs, provoking them to violence. However, to assume that taking offense is an acceptable precursor to violence is to insinuate that the subjective and often touchy nature of emotions is the decider of one’s own safety. 

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