Baltimore Mom Who Scolded Son At Riot Speaks Out

The Baltimore mother who was caught on video smacking her son after witnessing him throwing objects at police officers during a riot said she wanted him to learn a valuable lesson.

Toya Graham told CBS News that she didn’t “want him to be a Freddie Gray.”

Gray died on April 19 after sustaining a severed spine following an arrest by Baltimore police on April 12. His funeral was held Monday, which was later followed by violent unrest between police and protesters.

Graham noticed her son among the suspected rioters and immediately reprimanded him. A bystander captured her reaction on video.

“I’m a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, knows I don’t play that,” Graham said.

Graham, who earned praise from some of her son’s friends on Facebook for her actions, said she hoped the events that unfolded that day are all experiences he can learn from.

“By him seeing everything [that’s] going on I just hope, I’m not sure, but I hope that he understands the seriousness of what was going on last night.”

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