Kimberly Jones posted a video of her son Keaton that has now gone viral.
In a Facebook post, she writes she had to pick him up from school again because he was afraid to go to lunch. Lakyn Jones, who says she is Keaton’s sister, tweeted that Keaton goes to Horace Maynard Middle School in Maynardville.
On Sunday, that community reacted to the emotional video.
“I just don’t believe anybody should have to go through what he’s went through,” one person said. “When I was in elementary and middle school, I went through the same stuff and I don’t believe anybody should go through what he went through at all.”
Parents in the community angry are this is happening where their own children go to school.
“I’d be upset,” said Heather Flatford. “I think that would be hurtful to the kids and I would probably go to the school and talk to the principal about it. I wouldn’t be too happy.”
Others saying there is only one way to stop the harassment.
“Kids parents stepping up and being a parent, teaching them right from wrong,” said Franklin Grimes.
In addition to reactions from the Tennessee Titans, Tennessee senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker also responded to the video on Twitter.
Keaton Jones is a face and a voice for many. We need to lift each other up, and lead by example for children, who learn what they live. If your heart breaks watching and hearing this boy's pain, think twice before causing or adding to another's. Thank you, Keaton & Mom https://t.co/TK3iuOQtul
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) December 11, 2017