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“There’s some days that I’ll shield him in the house just so he won’t go outside and I know that I can’t do that for the rest of my life,” says Toya Graham, the woman has been been dubbed “mom of the year” after video surfaced of her slapping up her son, who was out in the Baltimore riots. Graham spotted her son in a crowd and stopped him from throwing rocks at Baltimore police.

“I’m a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, know I don’t play that.” And she didn’t! We all cringed as Toya pulled at her son’s clothing, slapping him in the face, warning him about his actions.

She’s a single mother of six. “He’s my only son and at the end of the day, I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray.”

Toya’s only son says he knew he was in trouble when he saw his mom coming, and he knew he’d be in even bigger trouble if he tried to run away from her.

“They’re going to make their own decisions, we as parents, we have to just follow through and make sure that’s where they’re supposed to be at. Is he the perfect boy? No he is not, but he is mine.” “I hope he understands the seriousness of what was going on last night,” Toya told CBS.

We’re still applauding Toya Graham because, as a single mother, she has a responsibility to raise up a Black man and it’s obvious that she’s taking it seriously. The protesters aren’t without merit, but she still doesn’t want her son to perpetuate a negative stereotype.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said Tuesday that he had seen the video. “I wish I had more parents who took charge of their kids tonight,” he said

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Baltimore Buzz: Viral Mom Who Punished Son Speaks Out; Councilman Says Don’t Call Young Protestors ‘Thugs’ & More  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

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