The Apple Falls Not Far from the Tree

There  is a viral video going around of a foul-mouthed mother slapping her son around when she sees him at the site of the riots in Baltimore. Violence in response to violence is not an appropriate response, especially for a mother. Sorry, but it  isn’t. If is was, America would be the most peaceful country in the world. We can all, perhaps, understand the mother’s impulse when she finds her son in harm’s way. But, perhaps, we can also look at this as a prime example of how violence in a family gets played out in school and on the street. No wonder a kid might develop a contempt for authority figures. I wonder what he is going to get her for Mother’s Day? There are many alternative ways for her to have dealt with her son. I hope she learns some of them after her media appearances on the talk shows.

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