Mom Arrested for Using F-Word In Front of Her Children

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If you drop the F-bomb in front of your children, you may get arrested!

While Danielle Wolf was shopping for groceries at Kroger, some persistent bread squeezing got the best of her nerves, and she said a choice word.

And though these first-class words were only bellowed in an attempt to stop the food squashing, she was arrested for disorderly conduct!

According to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety incident report, “[Danielle] yelled at her children, told them to ‘stop squishing the f*cking bread,' and used ‘similar phrases multiple times.' ” Wolf argued that she wasn't yelling at her kids, but at her husband. 

As reported in this article, Michelle Smith saw what Danielle was doing and asked her to “stop using that language” in front of her two daughters. But due to Danielle's repetitive use of the F-word (and because Danielle reportedly began cursing at Michelle, too), Michelle conveyed her behavior to the authorities.

Danielle said, “He was like, ‘You're under arrest' … right in front of kids, in front of my husband, in front of customers. … I didn't harm nobody. I didn't hurt nobody. The lady said she was having a bad day. So, because you're having a bad day, you're going to ruin somebody's life.”

Michelle said that she “wasn't having a bad day, and that hearing [Danielle] use those words brought her back to her abusive childhood.”

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North Augusta law states that disorderly conduct can occur if a person happens to “utter, while in a state of anger, in the presence of another, any bawdy, lewd, or obscene words or epithets.” Adding to that, the South Carolina state law's definition of disorderly conduct includes the “use obscene or profane language on any highway or at any public place or gathering or in hearing distance of any schoolhouse or church.”

Since the arrest, Michelle has called Danielle and delivered an apology, saying she was simply trying to advocate for the children and never envisioned that it would lead to an arrest.  

“It took me back to a very hard time, and no one ever stood up for me,” Michelle said. “I apologize for getting into your business.”

Danielle responded, saying, “I can assure you that I will never say that word out in public again. I will never say it to my children. I will never say it to my husband.”

It seems like Danielle, who is slated to appear in court on September 12, has already learned her lesson.


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What do you think about all of this? Experts have said that using curse words can increase ones heart rate and provoke a flight-or-fight response. Swear words are also thought to be stored in the frontal cortex of the brain, linked to emotion. However, the more often a specific swear word is used, the less effective it becomes. I wonder what long-term, emotional damage is inflicted on youth through swear words, especially knowing that most kids learn a four-lettered word before they learn the alphabet.

Do you think Michelle was doing the right thing, with respectable intents, or did she stick her nose where it didn’t belong? Do you use your own assortment of choice vocabulary when speaking with your children – or any other loved ones?

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Mom Arrested for Using F-Word In Front of Her Children

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. nancy says:

    this situation is hard to say any thoughts since there are laws, but it also brings into mind that someone has some things to resolve and maybe get therapy over. I dont agree with the cursing, but if there is past ‘trauma’ by the other person, then seek help. Resolve it. Find peace. I dont know the story behind this, but was there a “hey ma’m you should refrain from cursing in front of your kids, its very harsh”… my thoughts or just an idea of my thoughts and not a suggestion of being right or wrong. I truly dont know and feel bad for the mom who got arrested. Very scary situation since I grew up knowing “killers, druggies, and ie. extremes” is what ended in jail. Cursing…no. So I take this to heart.

  2. Cara says:

    “experts say that”…
    please stop posting ridiculous statements like that (with absolutely no back up) in an article and then ask for comments.

  3. Nicolle says:

    How does that women know what was going on? what if the women who swore just was told she was terminally sick and is trying to deal with that.. or her hubby isnt the best on earth and shes trying to hold it together for her kids and finally became unglued. No one knows the whole story of anything until they live it. Should she be quite to child abuse NO should she have handled it differently YES.. I sometimes slip and swear around my kids am I a bad mom HELL NO should I be arrested NO and let someone try and tell me other wise I got a pretty little finger I want you to see!

  4. Susan says:

    Michelle had no idea, as she said, that Danielle would be arrested and to some degree it was unfortunate . I don’t believe we should stay quiet when abusive behavior is observed. The innocent, in this case Danielle’s children, should be advocated for. This event will not for ever harm the children. Children are more resilient to a situation of a one time arrest described in this article, but continued demeaning and degrading speech in and out of the home during all their growing up years will do more to damage them and teach them that it is ok to take out our frustration on children and on strangers who are trying to help. It is wrong to stay quiet in the face of abuse.

  5. Asylum Lane says:

    I can’t believe the cops actually took it as far as arresting her, especially in front of her kids. At the most, they should have asked her to leave the store.

  6. Carina says:

    It was probably more damaging for those kids to see their mom get arrested and taken away from them then for her to be yelling at them. The article never mentioned the kids reaction to that, but as a mom I can assume the kids were freaked out and probably crying because of it.

  7. Eva says:

    I would tell that lady to go fuck herself and walk away. What happens between me, my kids, my husband and my family is my concern not hers. People seriously need to mind their own business. People cuss on television all the time so do you report them to the authorities because you had an “abusive” childhood?? Hmmm.. Gain a little sense!

  8. ovation says:

    This is ridiculous. People need to mind their business unless a child is in eminent danger. Why are we burdening or justice system with such stupidity. My hubby had a similar experience with another person putting their nose in out business. My then 3 yr old decided to try and make a run for the out door of a shopping store. My husband grabbed him and spanked him while telling him that his actions were not ok. Some lady told him he couldn’t spank our son. So he asked her “so it would have been better to let him run out the door and get hit by a car” which she had no response. Unless you know the situation butt out!

  9. Samantha says:

    I’m sure glad that “Michelle” likes to ruin another person life, even others family. I agree what a waste of time for an already overburdened system. I hope no one ever hear that woman udder a bad word. People need to focus on their lives and their families before budding into and ruining another’s.

  10. nichole says:

    i agree with all the other comments. This is just ridiculous to be arrested over. The other woman should have just minded her business after she said don’t use that kind of language. She should not have called the police because it took her back to HER abusive childhood. Just because someone cusses in front of their child(ren) doesn’t mean they are abusive towards them.

  11. stephanie says:

    Seems like a really good use of the already overburdened US justice system. Someone said a bad word let’s put time and resources into arrest that person and you know not someone committing an actual crime. /sarcasm

  12. Alfreda says:

    What a silly thing for a police officer to arrest someone over! That police department should go find some real crimes to investigate!

  13. jamie says:

    I think this is ridiculous to be arrested from swearing yea she shouldn’t have been swearing but seriously arrested that’s simply going to far

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