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Toya Graham first made headlines after a televised smackdown of her teenage son during the Baltimore riots last year.

The single mother of six was left homeless after the same son, Michael Singleton, started an accidental fire that displaced the family Saturday.

Singleton, 17, was frying chicken tenders and had stepped away to use the bathroom when the fire broke out, he told CNN affiliate WBFF.

The fire gutted their kitchen, and has forced the family to stay in a hotel while the home is undergoing repairs. With no renters’ insurance, Graham said, it’s unclear whether their landlord will allow them to return.

“I’m upset with my son … yes. But he’s alive. At the end of the day, I want him to know that I’m glad it wasn’t worse,” Graham told the affiliate.


The fire left Graham feeling beaten down and discouraged, she said.

“I’m tired of struggle, I feel broken,” she told the affiliate. “You try to hold on, you try to do everything, you try to be strong for your children. But this is a lot.”

The family started a GoFundMe page with a goal of $5,000 to help with costs from the fire.

The page had already raised more than $28,000 by Wednesday morning.

Graham was hailed nationwide as a “hero mom” after she was videotaped slapping and yanking Singleton away from the Baltimore riots protesting the death of Freddie Gray, the man who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody.

During the protests in April last year, Graham lost it when she saw Singleton wearing a mask and a hoodie, holding a rock. She followed him into the crowd, gave him a series of slaps and hauled him away.

“I was so angry with him that he had made a decision to do some harm to the police officers,” she said at the time.

After the video emerged, many people praised her for getting her son away from the escalating violence.



I find it sad yet a tiny bit humorous at the same time. :(


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https://youtu.be/J5aNhO7c4qw
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Is that karma or what?
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Is that karma or what?


That's not quite how karma works. I don't think she deserved to be homeless just for slapping her son.

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One time my mother called me a piece of shit, so I hit her because no one talks trash about me. Then I hit myself because no one hits my mother. She then hit me because no one hits her daughter, and then she hit herself because no one hits me, so I hit her because no one hits my mother.
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YayForKittens wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Is that karma or what?


That's not quite how karma works. I don't think she deserved to be homeless just for slapping her son.



I agree. I think she was a good mother for beating an otherwise obstinate son who was going to cause chaos in a riot. I've been hesitant in laying a hand on my future children but it may be a last option for something as serious as this at his age. (The rioting I mean, I don't think he meant to set the house on fire.)
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YayForKittens wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Is that karma or what?


That's not quite how karma works. I don't think she deserved to be homeless just for slapping her son.



Some people will probably feel like she deserved it.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


YayForKittens wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Is that karma or what?


That's not quite how karma works. I don't think she deserved to be homeless just for slapping her son.



Some people will probably feel like she deserved it.


That's pretty messed up.
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YayForKittens wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Is that karma or what?


That's not quite how karma works. I don't think she deserved to be homeless just for slapping her son.



I agree. I think she was a good mother for beating an otherwise obstinate son who was going to cause chaos in a riot. I've been hesitant in laying a hand on my future children but it may be a last option for something as serious as this at his age. (The rioting I mean, I don't think he meant to set the house on fire.)


True. And I personally think kids these days need more discipline. Too many of them are so damn spoiled and think they can do anything.

Plus, he was way old enough to know better.
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Posted 8/17/16

YayForKittens wrote:


PeripheralVisionary wrote:


YayForKittens wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Is that karma or what?


That's not quite how karma works. I don't think she deserved to be homeless just for slapping her son.



I agree. I think she was a good mother for beating an otherwise obstinate son who was going to cause chaos in a riot. I've been hesitant in laying a hand on my future children but it may be a last option for something as serious as this at his age. (The rioting I mean, I don't think he meant to set the house on fire.)


True. And I personally think kids these days need more discipline. Too many of them are so damn spoiled and think they can do anything.

Plus, he was way old enough to know better.


Some people are against disciplining children with slaps and spanks. Which is sad because some kids need it.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Is that karma or what?


She does her job as a parent and tells her stupid kid to get out of a riot then Karma burns down her out of her house? That's the opposite of how Karma works. I attribute this to a stupid son being stupid.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Is that karma or what?


She does her job as a parent and tells her stupid kid to get out of a riot then Karma burns down her out of her house? That's the opposite of how Karma works. I attribute this to a stupid son being stupid.


Alright then.
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Lol @ the frying chicken tenders...
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Well only if it effected him more then her... it would be quite funny but now its just her getting the shit she didn't want from the beginning?
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One time my mother called me a piece of shit, so I hit her because no one talks trash about me. Then I hit myself because no one hits my mother. She then hit me because no one hits her daughter, and then she hit herself because no one hits me, so I hit her because no one hits my mother.


Woah my head hurts
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YayForKittens wrote:


PeripheralVisionary wrote:


YayForKittens wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Is that karma or what?


That's not quite how karma works. I don't think she deserved to be homeless just for slapping her son.



I agree. I think she was a good mother for beating an otherwise obstinate son who was going to cause chaos in a riot. I've been hesitant in laying a hand on my future children but it may be a last option for something as serious as this at his age. (The rioting I mean, I don't think he meant to set the house on fire.)


True. And I personally think kids these days need more discipline. Too many of them are so damn spoiled and think they can do anything.

Plus, he was way old enough to know better.


Preach!
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