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Mom Whose Slap Went Viral Speaks Out

The Baltimore mom who sent shockwaves over the Internet for physically pulling her son from amongst city protestors to give him a slap in the face is speaking out, as reported by CBS News.

"I don't want him to be a Freddie Gray," said Toya Graham, the mother caught reprimanding her masked teen son as cameras rolled. Freddie Gray is the 25-year-old who died of a severe spinal cord injury after police arrested him, which is the incident sparking the Baltimore protests.

Graham was able to identify her 16-year-old child, her only son, as one of the masked protestors throwing rocks. Her mama-bear instinct kicked in and she marched over to get him away from the ruckus. As a single mother of six, she was having none of his shenanigans.

"At that point, I just lost it," Graham told CBS News. "I was shocked, I was angry, because you never want to see your child out there doing that."

But what some call tough love, others see as perpetuating the issue of violence at home that may then make its way to the streets.

Do you think Toya Graham over-reacted when she saw her son rioting? Tell us in the comments.

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