Peterson Reinstated By Vikings; Starts National Conversation On Corporal Punishment For Children
After being deactivated for Sunday's game against the Patriots, the Minnesota Vikings will reinstate Adrian Peterson for next week's game against the Saints. Peterson's deactivation came as his indictment by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury for a child on Friday afternoon.
In a statement today, Peterson apologized for the hurt be brought to his child after using a switch to discipline him after the boy got in a fight with one of his siblings while playing video games. He continued:
"I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury...my goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that's what I tried to do that day."
On Friday, Peterson's camp explained that he just used the punishment methods he faced as a child growing up in Texas, beginning a conversation over corporal punishment for children. According to The OLR Research Report, Idaho defines child abuse to be "any action that can cause great bodily harm and even death." That means if the child suffers from unjustifiable pain or mental abuse or is put in a dangerous situation the adult responsible for their care in that very moment could face child abuse charges. As for corporal punishments in schools, Idaho has no laws regarding physical punishment in family child care, child care centers or in schools. That means spanking is still legal in schools here.