KNOXVILLE, TENN. – The heartwarming story of a bullied East Tennessee boy who acquired help from around the globe grew extra difficult Monday as pretend social media accounts solicited donations and a few web customers leveled accusations of racism towards the boy’s mom.

Kimberly Jones took a video of her son Keaton, a sixth-grader at Horace Maynard Center Faculty in Maynardville, tearfully describing how different youngsters poured milk on him, put ham down his garments, made enjoyable of how he appears and teased him for having no pals.

The video, posted by Kimberly Jones on Fb simply after midday Friday, racked up greater than 18 million views and provoked emotional responses from an eclectic mixture of well-known actors, athletes, musicians and journalists till Jones made her Fb account personal early Monday amid intense scrutiny.

Accomplice battle flags

The controversy facilities partially on screenshots of an alleged Fb publish by Kimberly Jones that Web customers stated they captured earlier than she made her account personal.

The publish rails towards People who’re seen as protesting the American flag and incorporates footage displaying relations holding the Accomplice battle flag. Keaton seems in a single photograph, holding an American flag and standing subsequent to a different boy who’s holding a Accomplice battle flag.

Some referred to as Kimberly Jones’ alleged publish racist and stated they not had sympathy for Keaton. Others stated the mom’s alleged views didn’t colour their opinions of the son and his anti-bullying message.

The USA TODAY NETWORK — Tennessee has been unable to succeed in Keaton or Kimberly Jones for remark. A knock on the door of a house in Luttrell owned by a “Kimberly Jones,” in line with state property data, went unanswered Monday afternoon. No automobiles have been within the driveway. A number of chickens and canine ran unfastened within the yard.

After screenshots of the Accomplice battle flag publish have been shared, Twitter consumer @Lakyn_Jones, who says she is Keaton’s sister, tweeted, “My household will proceed to help one another. You all can hate and tweet all you need however our religion cant (sic) be shaken.”

“Those that know me and my household know we aren’t racist,” a second tweet reads. “My brother doesn’t say…