Following Monday night’s rioting, burning, and looting in Baltimore, Toya Graham recognized her son in the crowd and went after him. I applaud her and wonder where all the other mothers were. Where are the parents when gangs of kids decide that such outrageous, mindless, destructive behavior is a good way to express their anger?
“That’s my only son and at the end of the day I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray,” she told CBS. “I was angry. I was shocked, because you never want to see your child out there doing that.” It was Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of police that led to the rioting.
The citizens of Baltimore did turn out yesterday to try to stop the rioting and help the police restore some order, but this mom led the way when she recognized and went after her own son. With more moms like this keeping their kids in line, caring about where they are and what they’re doing, maybe we’d have less rioting.