Kimberly Jones has been accused of making her children pose with the Confederate Flag
An online campaign to help a young boy who was being bullied at school has been suspended after his mother faced accusations of racism.
Last week, Keaton Jones went viral after an clip posted online saw him explain how school bullies had frequently tormented him – pouring milk on his head and criticising his appearance.
“People that are different don’t need to be criticised about it”, Keaton remarks in the clip – which led to an outpouring of support from celebrities including Snoop Dogg, Avengers star Chris Evans, and Mark Hamill.
One of the main offers of support came from Evans, who offered Keaton the chance to attend the Avengers: Infinity War premiere, while Snoop Dogg offered the youngster the chance to meet him.
But the campaign has now been accused of harbouring a darker side, after potentially racist material was discovered on the Facebook account of Keaton’s mother Kimberly Jones.
Posting on Twitter, US media personality Tariq Nasheed shared a photo that saw Keaton and his siblings posing in front of the Confederate Flag – which is widely emblematic of racism in America due to its historic links with slavery.
“If you aren’t bleeding, no bones are sticking out & you can breathe, STOP crying,” Kimberly Jones captioned the post.
“For the love, some folks clearly never picked a switch.”
A GoFundMe page to raise money for the youngster has also been shut down after raising over $50,000 in just three days.
Keaton’s mother is yet to directly respond to the allegations, but his sister Lakyn has remained firm – insisting that the family were not attempting to gain money from the teenager’s plight.
“My family will continue to support each other. You all can hate and tweet all you want but our faith cant be shaken”, she wrote on Twitter.