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During an interview with Anderson Cooper, Michael Singleton, the teen who got whooped on tv by his mother in Baltimore, spoke out about the incident and explained that he was embarrassed by his actions. Singleton also explained why he went to the mall and picked up a brick in the first place.

“My friends were down there, my friends have been beaten by police, killed by police, so I felt I needed to go down there to show my respect,” he told Cooper. “[When I saw my mom] I was like, ‘Oh man. What is my mother doing down here?'”

Singleton, who is 16, also understood why his mother reacted the way she did, even though others have been coming down on her.

“She didn’t want me to get in trouble (with the) law. She didn’t want me to be like another Freddie Gray,” he said.

Personally, I’m not sure how I would have reacted if I had a son and saw him in the same situation. I may not have done what his mother did, but I definitely wouldn’t have acted calmly.

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