COLLEGEDALE, TN, (WDEF)-A friend and a good guy say the Southern students raising thousands of dollars and collecting signatures to support the former student facing federal charges.
"Three years in jail is not a proper sentence for a man who just made a mistake saying something"
Nursing student Daniel Glassford says these campaigns to support Gaines are helping with his legal fees and morale.
"Right now got about 3645 dollars towards his court fees so he's being supported by that as well"
A friend of Gaines involved with the campaign says he also has experienced frustrations with transferring of transcripts and understands why Gaines made the remarks regarding Southern Adventist faculty including, "I've done everything I can except put a gun to their heads".
Stuart Prewitt,"I'm sure i've said something that could have been taken as a threat but no one was there to hear it, lots of people have done that, he's just the one that got caught"
Southern Staff declined to comment on camera today but did say they have complete faith in the court justice system and will pray for Jimmy and his family.
Gaine's lawyer said the past three weeks have been very stressful for the 25 year old YMCA employee who was questioned by the FBI.
"Very stressful, it's a felony hes been charged, fortunately his family, girlfriend are standing by him, his employer standing by him, doing best he can and looking forward to the court date"
The campaigners say they are confident they will raise the 5000 dollars for Gaines's legal fees before his March court appearance
Gaines declined to speak on camera but told News 12 that he is overwhelmed and shocked with the support from across East Tennessee.
Gaines is set to appear at Hamilton County General Sessions Court court on March 6th.
Links to the campaigns, http://www.gofundme.com/payforjimmy