During the Baltimore riots in 2015, Toya Graham, a single mom with six children, found out that her son was in joining the fray, throwing rocks at the police. When she found him, it did not end well for her son:
“At that point, I just lost it,” said Graham. “I was shocked, I was angry, because you never want to see your child out there doing that.”
Graham, a single mom with six children, denounced the vandalism and violence against police officers. She said rioting in Baltimore is no way to go about getting justice for Freddie Gray and that she doesn’t want that life for her son.
……“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,” said Graham. “I’m a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, know I don’t play that.”
It’s that reputation that made her son wince the second he saw her.
“He knew he was in trouble,” said Graham. “He said when ‘I seen you,’ he said, ‘ma, my instinct was to run.’”
She saved her kid’s life that day. The smack upside the head must have been a real wake up call. It looks like he’s growing up to become a more responsible person:
Kudos to Ms. Graham. If more parents did this, there would be less crime and violence in the streets of their communities.