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The parental breaking point: Video of Baltimore mom reading son riot act goes viral




Toya Graham, a mother of six, stops her son from throwing rocks at the police in Baltimore during the riot
Toya Graham, a mother of six, stops her son from throwing rocks at the police in Baltimore during the riot

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Through all the unsettling and often graphic video footage that has been broadcast of the Baltimore riots, one video of a mother laying into her son with her right hand after discovering him among the rioters in the streets has gained national attention.

Toya Graham, a single mother of six, said in a CBS News interview that she went to pick up her son from the mall because she heard trouble was starting in the streets. When she got there, she found a group of protesters throwing rocks at police, her son among them. If you haven’t seen this yet, well, watch what happens next:

Since going viral, the video has earned Graham praise on a national scale, with some even calling her “Mom of the Year.” #Baltimore mom started trending on Twitter not long after the video hit the internet. Graham told CBS that she is “a no-tolerant mother” who “didn’t want her son to be a Freddie Gray.”

What do you think of the Graham’s actions in the video? Would you have reacted in the same way? Has your child ever done something so unbelievable that it pushed you over the edge? What was the breaking point for you? How did you react when it happened?

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