'We must provide an academic environment that is safe, civil and supportive,' Union County Public Schools director James Carter said in the statement.

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Bullied Tennessee tween Keaton Jones will not return to school until at least the New Year, he and his mother revealed on Thursday.

Keaton and his mother, Kimberly Jones, appeared on Britain's This Morning on Thursday to discuss his bullying video that went viral and the backlash they faced in the aftermath.

'Talk to your kids because this is - this is - this is an epidemic.' Kimberly filmed Keaton tearfully asking why people bully after picking him up from school.

Keaton Jones's father, Shawn White, has been in prison since May 2015 for a probation violation related to a 2012 aggravated assault conviction.

It was also revealed that Keaton's father is a white supremacist who regularly shared images relating to the Aryan Circle gang before he went to prison in 2015.

He told his mother that he didn't want to return to the school at all, and Kimberly said she is still deciding what to do.

' Earlier this week, Kimberly defended herself against accusations that she and her family are racist after the photos emerged online.'I feel like anybody who wants to take the time to ask anybody who I am or even troll through some other pictures, I mean I feel like we're not racist,' said Kimberly Jones on Tuesday.

'I mean, people that know us, know us.' The mother-of-three then defended the Confederate flag pictures she and her daughter posted to their social media accounts by stating: 'It was meant to be ironic and funny and extreme. If I could take it back, I would.' Kimberly was joined by Keaton for the pre-taped segment, which aired on Good Morning America just 24 hours after many began to question her motives upon seeing these images.

'Sports are a unifying influence in our society, bringing people of differing backgrounds and beliefs together,' said the official NASCAR statement.

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, stands for the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire.

The statement came after ra racing legend Dale Earnhardt Jr.