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Our hearts are heavy for what’s happening in Baltimore. A passionate city is in unrest because they’re hurt and they need answers after Freddie Gray’s voice box was crushed and his spine snapped like a twig, while he was in custody of the Baltimore police.

On Monday evening, local news caught footage of a mother who saw her son on TV throwing rocks at police and promptly disciplined him for all the world to gawk at. The mother slapped her son several times as he struggled to get out of her reach. She tugged at his clothes and the black ski mask he was wearing, yelling at him to take it off. This mother wanted her son to know one thing that day: rioting was not allowed, not her son.

Many people took to social media to share their support of the mother’s actions against her son’s misguided rioting:

While we don’t necessarily applaud the uprising in Baltimore, we’d be remiss if we didn’t admit that we understand where these residents are coming from. We’d never condone rioting, but breaking windows and burning trash cans hardly compares to crushing a restrained man’s spine. What do you think of the mother’s actions?

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