Toya Graham made a name for herself Monday night during the Baltimore riots when the mother of six caught her 16-year-old son Michael throwing rocks at police officers. Instead of waiting for authorities to arrest or punish him, Graham disciplined the teenager in front of the crowds at the scene and news cameras – earning a "mom of the year" award from the New York Post.

Though Graham got widespread praise and made an appearance on "CBS This Morning" Wednesday, some are questioning whether the mother’s severe punishment could be classified as child abuse.

“If you saw in one scene, you had a mother who grabbed their child who had a hood on his head and she started smacking him on the head because she was so embarrassed. I wish I had more parents who took charge of their kids tonight,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said Tuesday.

Those comments didn’t stop some denizens of the Twitterverse from condemning Graham’s actions, with many posting their opposition to the Baltimore mom for smacking her son on live television.





Most of those observing the riots in Baltimore sided with Graham, with many tweeting their support for the single mother of six.

Graham told CBS she just feared for the safety of her son when she spotted him throwing rocks at police. "You will not be throwing rocks and stones at police officers. Who’s to say they don't have to come and protect me from something?" she added.

What did Graham have to say about the national attention she’s received?

“I don't feel like a hero. My intention was to get my son and have him be safe. I knew the whole thing was not safe,” she said.