Over the weekend, Keaton Jones went from being someone the world knew little about to an overnight sensation.
Keaton today said he made the video because he wanted to let people know that bullying is "a serious thing". It sparked reactions from across the country and around the world.
Keaton, a Knoxville middle-schooler, melted the Internet after a video uploaded by his mother showed the boy in tears over the bullying he's endured at school.
Kimberly Jones came under fire when posts discovered on her Facebook led critics to accuse her of racism. "People who know us know that", she continued and said that the family photo with the Confederate flag is real but that it is not racist in any way.
Someone who calls himself "KingCEO" actually suggested that Keaton himself was the bully at school. Jones said in the video, which was first posted Friday.
"I knew it could be great and I knew it could be bad, and it has been", she said. The bullies "put milk on me and put ham down my clothes, throw bread on me". "People that are different don't need to be criticized about it".More news: Padres acquire Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell from Yankees, trade Ryan Schimpf
"The only two photos - the only two photos on my entire planet that I am anywhere near a Confederate flag". "I am genuinely, truly sorry".
"I can't tell you what was done, but I can tell you action was taken with the children", Clay told Knox News. Evans invited the boy to attend next year's L.A. premiere of "Avengers: Infinity War".
The photos on Jones' Facebook page have been taken down and the privacy settings have been updated, but not before Twitter users took screenshots of the photos and posted them online.
"I feel like we're not racist".
While the Union County Board of Education told CBS News they "do not and will not tolerate bullying", Keaton's middle school is said to be holding an anti-bullying assembly on Monday. One GoFundMe campaign was started without the knowledge of Keaton's family. In the video I saw a kid crying not just for himself but for others. "This is about a kid who's been bullied and not just one kid, Keaton, there are many unspoken cases about kids being bullied".
Hagerty said her daughter has faced sexual harassment, such as "uncomfortable talk, moaning and unwanted touching", from peers. Rihanna and T.I., who had shown sympathy for Keaton, also shared their condolences for the girls' tragic deaths.