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Video of Mom Slapping Son for Rioting in Baltimore Draws Mixed Reactions

The Short of It

A video of a Baltimore mom, who is seen slapping and berating her teenage son for taking part in the riots over the death of Freddie Gray, is drawing mixed reactions. Some viewers say she is the mother of the year for calling him out on spurring on the violence. Others say she was beating him, plain and simple.

The Lowdown

The mom in the video, now spreading across the Internet like wildfire, saw her son throwing rocks at the police in Baltimore while watching television. She arrived at the scene to reprimand him and basically dragged him away from the riots.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts was impressed by what he saw this mother do, saying, "If you saw on one scene, you had one mother who grabbed her child who had a hood on his head and she started smacking him on the head because she was so embarrassed. I wish I had more parents that took charge of their kids out there tonight."

Fox News contributor Charles Payne called her the "Mom of the year" in a tweet. Another headline from WMAR Baltimore reads, "Mom beats child for throwing rocks at Baltimore Police." It's doubtful the writer behind that headline would echo Payne's tweet that she is the mother of the year.

The Upshot

While I applaud this mother's decision to take her teen away from a dangerous, violent scene, the thing that bothered me is that she is basically attacking her son for his violent behavior. It seems if she wants him to act peacefully, she should use words instead of physically hitting him to get her point across.

What do you think?

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