Shawn White, a convicted felon who is currently in prison has been identified as the father of bullied Tennessee teen, Keaton Jones.
Just a few days ago, millions around the world were moved by the images of a sobbing Keaton Jones –where he explained why he was too afraid to go to lunch at his middle school. Fighting back the tears, 11-year-old Keaton tells his mom that other students call him ugly, make fun of his nose and tell him he has no friends.
Keaton also added that milk was poured on him and ham shoved down his clothes by bullies at his school. His mother, Kimberly Jones posted the video to her Facebook writing she had had to pick up Keaton early from school again. The video quickly took life of its own and even celebrities and professional athletes began showing some love for Keaton. By now it has been viewed millions of times.
Everything seemed ok when celebrities from Chris Evans and LeBron James to Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez recorded videos or posted heartwarming messages for the boy over the weekend. However, when photos of Keaton, her mother and sisters holding Confederate flags emerged, the love seems to have died down.
Keaton’s mother appeared on Good Morning America defending accusation that she and her family were racist and saying the photos were supposed to be ‘ironic and funny’.
“I feel like anybody who wants to take the time to ask anybody who I am or even troll through some pictures, I mean I feel like we’re not racist” said Kimberly.
Kimberly also added that she had no problem with people hating her but hopes they will continue to support her 11-year-old son.
It hasn’t helped that Keaton’s father Shawn White shared a series of Facebook photos wearing an ‘SS’ sweatshirt and showing off his ‘Pure Breed’ and ‘White Pride’ tattoos. This was before he was jailed.
Shawn White has been locked up since May 2015 for a probation violation related to a 2012 aggravated assault conviction, reports say. He is schedule for release in 2018.
While out of jail, Shawn White also posted images of him and Keaton, he last shared a photo of his son in 2015. It is not clear if Shawn keeps a relationship with the teen.