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Meet The Mom Who Smacked Her Son On Live TV And Then Yanked Him Out Of The Baltimore Riots

Toya Graham told local reporters she didn't want her son to be another Freddie Gray.

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Local TV crews captured footage on Monday of a woman scolding and dragging her son out of the riots that broke out in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

This Baltimore mom wasn't letting her son riot. She ripped him off street. Police Chief praised her action. @CBS6

She quickly became famous on social media. By Tuesday night, reporters were able to track down the Baltimore mom.

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"I'm a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, know I don't play that," Toya Graham, a single mother of six, told CBS News. "He said, 'When I seen you,' he said, 'Ma, my instinct was to run.'"

She said she didn't know about her social-media hero status until comments started popping up on her son's Facebook page.

When you wanna riot in the 6 with ya woes 😈 but mom dukes ain't having it 💀 #BalitmoreRiots

"Friends and everybody making comments and saying, 'You know, you shouldn't be mad at your mother, you should give her a hug,'" Graham said.

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Graham said all she's concerned about is that the whole experience is a teachable moment for her son. "I just hope — I'm not sure, but I hope that he understands the seriousness of what was going on last night," she said.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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