Say your 14-year-old son does something bad, and you admonish him using profanity (not that I recommend that), in your own home. That appears to be a crime in Wisconsin, according to State v. Breitzman, decided yesterday by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
There were other incidents in the case that suggested Ginger Breitzman wouldn’t win any Mother of the Year award. The most significant was that Breitzman was convicted of child neglect for having refused to let her son in the house for five hours on a very cold Wisconsin day. She said she had been sleeping and didn’t hear her son’s attempts to rouse her, but the jury apparently concluded that she was aware that the son was outside and nonetheless refused to let him in. But the disorderly conduct conviction was legally independent of that.