After a weekend that began with a heartbreaking video of Tennessee sixth grade student Keaton Jones describing the bullying he was facing at school and ended with an outpouring of support for Jones from college and professional athletes and celebrities, the principal of Jones’ middle school has addressed the bullying situation.
Greg Clay, principal of Horace Maynard Middle School in Tennessee, said he was not aware of the repeated bullying incidents against Keaton.
“It’s not as rampant as the video would have you believe,” Clay said, according to Rachel Ohm of The Tennessean. “I can’t tell you what was done, but I can tell you action was taken with the children.”
Ohm reports that Clay stated that the incident to which Keaton refers in the video posted by his mother was resolved weeks ago.
But if he says he wasn’t aware that Keaton was being bullied, how has the situation already been dealt with?
According to Ohm, Maynard Middle School has an assembly scheduled for Monday to address bullying with students. Further, another anti-bullying discussion had already been planned for January since before Jone’s video came out.
Clay did finally offer some remorse.
“We all sympathize with Keaton and we’re doing everything we can to make sure it never happens again,” he said. “Everybody saw the video and it was horrible. We don’t want anyone to feel like that. Keaton’s a good kid. We’ll take care of him.”
Over the weekend and into Monday, Keaton has been supported by and offered chances to spend time with the Tennessee Volunteers football team, the Tennessee Titans, numerous other college and pro teams, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Evans of The Avengers, Dana White of UFC, actress Hailee Steinfeld, and many others.
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