Baltimore Mom

  1. I hadn't watched the news for at least a week. Last night at work, a patient was watching news about Baltimore. I was shocked that something that major was going on and I didn't have a clue. I felt like my 20 year old colleagues

    I want to send money to that mom who chased her half grown son around slapping and yelling. It was politically incorrect. Child rearing experts were probably having palpitations. DCFS was probably writing down her name and scheduling a visit. I don't care. I want to help her make a better life for her kids, because she's obviously invested in their future.
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Jules A
    I'd like to nominate her for Mom of the Year. Granted her approach was somewhat controversial the fact that she cared enough to go out there and snatch him up is honorable, imo. Notice that he didn't so much as give her an eye roll. He was trying to get away from her but not giving her any lip. She clearly didn't raise him to act like that and kudos to her for trying to do what is best for her child.
  4. by   toomuchbaloney
    I imagine that more than one mother and family were concerned about where their school aged children were during that time given that police emptied buses and prevented students leaving school from accessing the mass transportation that they utilize to return home.

    Kudos to that mother for her ability and willingness to go find her kid in that mess and make her concerns and displeasure known. She is likely worried that ANY participation in even peaceful protest could result in injury or death for him.
  5. by   imintrouble
    My first thought was she didn't want him throwing objects at the cops because it was the wrong thing to do.
    Then I heard other POV that looked at it as toomuchbaloney looks at it. That throwing objects at a cop could get you killed.
    What a divide in how we look at the situation.
    Either way, my admiration for her hasn't changed. Whatever her motivation. Her first concern was the safety of her child.
  6. by   Farawyn
    She's awesome. I can't believe she is being criticized. If I saw my son down there I would have done the same thing. Too many parents try to be their kids' friends. If you see your kid doing something horrendously stupid go GET THEM and MAKE THEM STOP.
    He gave her no lip and went with her. You don't mess with Momma.
  7. by   brido
    Quote from imintrouble
    My first thought was she didn't want him throwing objects at the cops because it was the wrong thing to do.
    Then I heard other POV that looked at it as toomuchbaloney looks at it. That throwing objects at a cop could get you killed.
    What a divide in how we look at the situation.
    Either way, my admiration for her hasn't changed. Whatever her motivation. Her first concern was the safety of her child.
    I linked a CBS Interview with her. Both of the POVs are correct. She touched on the fact that it's wrong to throw rocks at police officers, but her main focus was bringing her son home.

    I agree with you. I saw a mother very concerned for her son and angry at the same time. The fact that she went out there and got him herself speaks volumes and I really respect her.

    Here is the link: Baltimore mom Toya Graham: "I just lost it" seeing son at riots with rock in hand - CBS News
  8. by   Jules A
    I liked her even more in the post incident interview. She was articulate, humble, honest and indicated that she reacted in the moment. When asked about her initial thoughts: "I thought, 'Oh my god. My pastor is going to have a fit,'" by Toya Graham.

    My hat is off to her, she showed courage, grace and dedication to raise responsible, respectful children in difficult times.

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