Keaton James went viral after his mother, Kimberly Jones, posted a video of her teary son saying that he was being bullied. Joseph Lam saw that video and created a GoFundMe account , which received $57,000 in donations before being put on hold on Monday.
But Jones came under fire when she was exposed as a bigot herself. An alleged Facebook post showed her showing off the Confederate flag and telling “butt hurt Americans” to stop complaining.
“I’ve taken that down for a reason,” Jones told Fox News, though she did not specify the reason.
Jones also was criticized after MMA fighter Joe Schilling said that he offered to take Keaton to a show but was told by Jones that she just “wants money,” a claim that Jones has since denied.
Lam has since posted saying that the funds are intended to go to Keaton, saying “THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE MOM!!” Although Lam didn’t know the family personally, he said that he simply wanted to help an upset kid.
A GoFundMe spokesman told the New York Daily News that the funds for Keaton had been paused until the company could verify that they would be going to Keaton.