A Baltimore mom grabbed her son and slapped him in the head repeatedly is an apparent effort to prevent him from running off to join the rioting and looting going on in the city’s western district. The Baltimore mother is being hailed as a hero by some, even those who admitted they never thought they would applaud smacking their offspring upside the head. The viral video has now sparked the #momoftheyear hashtag on social media.
The unidentified Baltimore mom appeared to recognize her teenage son even though he had donned a black ski mask that covered most of his face. When the woman saw her son throwing rocks on a television breaking news report on the Baltimore riots, she reportedly sprang into action.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 28, 2015
Local news outlet WMAR capture the Baltimore mother smacking her son in the head and tugging him home from the Baltimore Purge violence and looting. The video of the mom quickly went viral – likely much to the teen son’s dismay.
The mom was relentless in her effort to prevent her teen son from engaging in the Baltimore riots. As the crowd watched, the Baltimore mom continued to smack her son in the head as he struggled to free himself from her grasp. The would-be rioters was ultimately able to get away from his mother, but not before she yanked the black ski mask off of his head. Mom stayed on his heels as he walked away, presumably towards their home.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts referenced the Baltimore mom video when speaking to the press about the purge, rioting, and looting late Monday evening.
“In one scene you had a mother who grabbed a child who had a hood on his head and started smacking him on the head because she was so embarrassed. I wish there were more parents out there who took charge of their kids tonight. Take control of your kids. This is our city, let’s make a difference.”
While the Baltimore mom has been deemed the “mother of the year” by some, others have questioned the upbringing of the teens who engaged in the Baltimore Purge and wondered if a dad was present in the homes to offer a strong male influence on their lives.
Nothing is known about the Baltimore mom, but her identity will likely be revealed as members of the media eagerly search for her to garner an interview. Only she can answer the questions about family situation and parenting techniques, perhaps she can shed some light on the mindset of the teens who chose to loot and burn their own neighborhoods, as well.
What do you think about the Baltimore mom video and the riots and looting in the city’s western district?
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