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Mom Arrested For Swearing

Mom Arrested For Swearing in Front of Her Children

Whatever happened to some soap in the mouth? Last week, Danielle Wolf was arrested for using profanity in front of her children. The South Carolina mom was shopping at a Kroger store with her husband and two children in tow when she dropped the F-bomb. Another customer, identified as Michelle, overheard the conversation and called the cops. Wolf was arrested on the spot for disorderly conduct and says she was absolutely embarrassed.

"He was like, 'You're under arrest,' right in front of kids, in front of my husband, in front of customers," Wolf tells a local news station of her arrest. "I didn't harm nobody. I didn't hurt nobody."

To see why Michelle called the police, read the full story on The Huffington Post.

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truef1396436090 truef1396436090 1 year

It's so hypocritical. Goverments insist children take dangerous vaccinations that could kill them (hpv vaccination), yet they will arrest you for swearing ????? Something is wrong with soceity.

JAM282 JAM282 1 year

Of course the law is still enforceable by police until modified, repealed, or declared unconsistutional -- which is why, if I were her, I would have sued to have the law 'officially' invalidated (at least, based on the facts reported, which is all we have to go on until some other record is created). I never said the police had no right to act, but if one is arrested for violating an unconstitutional law, your recourse is to have it adjudicated as such by a court with final authority. My main impetus for commenting above was your assertion that the 1st Amendment did not come into play, but we have already gone over that point.

shawnnlively73341 shawnnlively73341 1 year

Ah, but until there is a request for redaction, the law, itself, is still valid, thus enforceable.

You don't seem to want to realize that the police, in this case WERE within the policies and laws for that municipality. What COULD BE has no bearing.

Also, as I've stated several times, I'm fairly certain that there were other circumstances that contributed to the arrest...and since neither of us were actually there, we don't know.

JAM282 JAM282 1 year

READ the case law applying the First Amendment -- it absolutely does speak to this issue (more on that in my reply to your other comment). And, the 1st Amendment most certainly applies. A quick Google search provides a half dozen examples of similar anti-profanity laws being stricken on 1st Amendment grounds in various municipalities across the U.S.

JAM282 JAM282 1 year

Thanks for lecturing me on the 1st Amendment, but my law degree enables me to read AND apply it just fine. Suffice it to say, you are wrong. The 1st Amendment restricts more than just Congress - the 14th amendment and common law extended the Bill of Rights to the states (and the municipalities that comprise them). Also, free speech is not confined to one's right to discuss a 'political process,' but is a broad right with narrowly-defined exceptions (e.g., the use of 'fighting words,' true threats, or incitement to imminent illegal action). Hence, similar anti-profanity laws enacted in other municipalities have been stricken as unconstitutionally vague and unduly restrictive of free speech rights. So yes, it may very well be that this law is found unconstitutional as well. I hope that clears up your misconceptions.

shawnnlively73341 shawnnlively73341 1 year

IN YOUR OPINION, the law is ridiculous (mine as well). HOWEVER, that particular municipality doesn't care about our opinions, they have a law. And, no, before you start on 'freedom of speech', this situation does not apply.

READ the First Amendment. It says nothing about it being illegal to restrict the use of profanity in public.

shawnnlively73341 shawnnlively73341 1 year

Your first amendment says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This does not apply to local municipalities enacting laws regarding profanity in public. This just says that CONGRESS cannot stem your voice when you wish to speak regarding a political process. That has nothing to do with her telling her husband to 'stop squishing the f*ng bread'.

Nice try, though.

JAM282 JAM282 1 year

I would be filing suit against the police dep't for this... ASAP! There has been too much criminalizing parental behavior lately, just because you don't agree with it... Using bad language, letting a kid *gasp* walk somewhere alone, and of course, breast-feeding! The humanity! Hmm, how else can we make it harder for parents to be parents while still having a right to be citizens in a a public space! Disgusting!!!

JAM282 JAM282 1 year

There are rules -- it's called, the store can kick you out, it is their place of business. She should have just told a manager, and they could have asked the mom to leave to avoid offending other customers. Positing this as a criminal act is completely ridiculous.

JAM282 JAM282 1 year

If you want to lock people up for using langauge you don't approve of, kindly pay out of YOUR pocket, not OUR tax dollars!

JAM282 JAM282 1 year

If the law is unconstitutional, or unconstitutional as-applied to this situation (which I believe it is), then the law is invalid.

LoriJones4640 LoriJones4640 1 year

Actually yes I did, I commented on urs cuz I saw u mentioned the law. In which most ppl wouldn't even know about.

shawnnlively73341 shawnnlively73341 1 year

Neither is profanity...

shawnnlively73341 shawnnlively73341 1 year

LOL...Freedom of speech does not apply here. There's a law in place. A ridiculous law, but...

shawnnlively73341 shawnnlively73341 1 year

See above. (or below, depending on how your comments show...)

shawnnlively73341 shawnnlively73341 1 year

Apparently you did not see that I, too think its ridiculous...But if its a law, then... The only way to get around it is to have it repealed. There is a process for that, after all.

shawnnlively73341 shawnnlively73341 1 year

good grief! Apparently you did not see that I, too think its ridiculous...But if its a law, then... The only way to get around it is to have it repealed. There is a process for that, after all.

DawnGooden DawnGooden 1 year

exactly there is a HUGE difference between child abuse (whether physical, emotional, or verbal,) and slipping out an F-Bomb in front of your kids out of sheer adult habit.

I think the scarier of the two situations was watching mom get cuffed in front of her family. It was totally unnecessary, and a waste of tax payer dollars (not to mention a waste of time for the cops who had to answer that call.) People just need to mind their own damn business. If she was swearing AT the kid (like laura demonstrated with her comment,) or was showing signs of abuse THEN the cops were necessary. Otherwise, she should have kept her nose out of other people's business.

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