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Viral Video Starts Conversation About Parenting

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SALISBURY, Md. – Video of a mother grabbing, slapping and screaming at her son as she herded him away from the riots in Baltimore Monday has gone viral. The violence and looting in Baltimore has been largely blamed on the city's youth. The mayor and other leaders calling those who have taken part in the violence “thugs”.

But viral videos like this are starting an important conversation about parenting. We showed the video to people on Delmarva. Kimberly Lawson has a 17 year-old son but she doesn't agree with the way the unidentified mother handled the situation. “The approach was a reaction instead of responding to the young man…” Lawson said.

Others praise the mother for doing what she had to do to keep her son away from trouble. “"The child could end up in prison or jail or, you know, dead” Says Deborah Parker, “it's just a reaction."

Regardless of whether the video is a model of proper parenting, many people we spoke to say not only is it about parenting, it's about community. As the saying goes; it takes a village to raise a child.

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