Macro system: American ideology and change
Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Booked on Charge of Child Abuse
By PAT BORZI and STEVE EDER
Sept. 13, 2014
Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson turned himself in to Montgomery County, Texas, early Saturday morning on September 12, 2014. Peterson had been accused by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child and a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Montgomery County first assistant district attorney Phil Grant said, “Peterson was charged with one count of injury to a child and could be sentenced to as many as two years in state jail, as well as a $10,000 fine”. Probation is an option for defendants with no prior criminal record.
In Texas, Grant said, "parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable." The grand jury found that Peterson's discipline exceeded a reasonable standard. Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, issued a statement Friday saying his client's conduct "involves using a switch to spank his son." According to a report by Sports Radio in Houston, Peterson removed the leaves of a tree branch, which he stated in a police report as "a switch," to strike the 4-year-old child. Peterson told police that the incident he referred to was a "whooping" that occurred in Texas, on May as punishment for his son pushing another one of his children. The boy suffered cuts and bruises to areas including his back, buttocks, ankles and legs.
The indictment of NFL star Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges has led to a robust debate about whether hitting, spanking or any other form of corporal punishment is justified and effective in dealing with children. It has also revealed sharp differences in cultural, regional and generational attitudes toward using any...
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