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Juvenile Delinquency
Program helps troubled, rejected youths make positive connections
Program helps troubled, rejected youths make positive connections

It was a riot-zone image ripe with meaning: An angry black mother waded through rock-throwing kids in Baltimore to collar her teenage son. Then, in a video that would become a viral sensation, she cursed him out and pummeled him for joining the lawless scrum. She was just trying to keep the boy out of trouble, Toya Graham later explained — to national applause. We'd like to believe all that requires is a dose of parental tough love, that angry, aimless teens can be set straight with a few whacks on the head. But the problems of inner-city kids in Baltimore, and those in Los Angeles, can't be solved by Super Moms — who often are scared and frustrated...

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