Earmuff the kids – we’re going to let out an f-bomb.
A mom from Indiana, Pa. (which in and of itself is a town name we find a bit confusing) was arrested this week for cursing at her kid.
Oh come on, you’ve NEVER been there? Good for you.
The cops, of course, say this was more than a just your run of the mill “da–it,” however. The mom allegedly let out a string of expletives that made sailors blush, prompting a cop who heard the incident outside a video store to approach the family and hand mom a citation for disorderly conduct.
The stories diverge here – she told the Pittsburgh TV station that she was directing her words at an adult she was mad at (not sure if that adult was someone she was on the phone with or was actually there?). The police say she told THEM she was yelling at her ten-year-old because the girl accused her younger sister of stealing something from the store – an accusation Tammy Kay Cronan Smith said was false . . . hence her anger.
If it’s the latter, I’d agree it’s technically emotional abuse. . . if taken to an extreme. One “G-D it, kid” is not kind or called for, but it’s also pretty human.
If it’s the former, really, you can be arrested for that? Actually yes . . . talk to the Florida man arrested two years ago for “cursing near children” under the public morals code or the woman arrested for cursing at her overflowing toilet (she had four young kids) inside her own home.
Then again, we can get the swearing off the streets, but it’s not really going to do much. A study by the Parents Children’s Council found even kids who just watch “kids” channels hear words that are slightly offensive an average of once an hour. Turn to another channel, and crank up the dial of “offensiveness.”
It’s not GOOD to curse in front of your kids, but is it reasonable to expect it might someday happen? Realistically, yes.
I know I faced the neighbors with a bit of embarrassment the other day after realizing our bathroom window was open when I let out a totally frustrated rant at the cat for rubbing up against my freshly painted wall . . . and realized they probably thought I was cursing at my daughter (she was upstairs, so no, I wasn’t).
Do you think what she told the TV station justifies her actions?