Man Arrested For Felony After Slapping 12-Year-Old Boy Who Bullied Stepdaughter

James Peace was arrested for felony injury to a child under 15 on Monday night.

Deer Park, TX – The stepfather of a preteen girl has been arrested for allegedly slapping a boy who bullied her.

The incident began on Feb. 14, when a 12-year-old male classmate and his friend started harassing the girl while she was walking home from school, KTRK reported.

"Saying that her body was ugly, said that she was a transvestite, started throwing ice cream at her and then they picked up the rocks," said the girl’s mother, who did not want to be named.

The girl ultimately called her parents to come pick her up, so her stepfather, 37-year-old James Peace, jumped into his car and went to help her, the Star-Telegram reported.

Although the boys were gone when Peace arrived, Peace soon stumbled upon them walking on Santa Fe Trail during the drive home.

"On the drive home, they happened to see the suspect juvenile walking and that's when the stepdad decided to stop and confront the kid," Deer Park Police Lieutenant Chris Brown told KTRK.

Surveillance footage showed Peace as he got out of his vehicle and began yelling at the preteen boy.

Then, the enraged father struck him in the face.

"He was slapped across the face with an open hand, had red marks and swelling to his cheek and upper jaw," Lt. Brown explained.

Peace then allegedly threatened to beat the child up if he told anyone about what had occurred.

The following day, the boy told his teacher he was scared to go to lunch because he didn’t want to see Peace’s stepdaughter, KHOU reported.

The 12-year-old ended up telling his teacher what had occurred the day prior, and Deer Park police were subsequently notified.

A witness later told investigators that she saw Peace “reach back and strike the boy in the face, and that the boy just stood there in shock and never retaliated,” the criminal complaint read, according to the Star-Telegram.

The officers also spoke with the girl at her residence, and she told them that Peace slapped the boy after he bullied her, KHOU reported.

Peace initially told officers that nothing had occurred, but later confessed to striking the boy after investigators told him that the encounter was recorded by a nearby surveillance camera.

He was arrested on Monday evening for felony injury to a child under 15, and was later released on $15,000 bond, the Star-Telegram reported.

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usac95
usac95

i can understand the rage he must have been in but that is not the way to handle it now he is big trouble i would have paid $$$ the toughest kid in school to get that kid's ass period

lauraaz
lauraaz

The bullied girl and her parents need to prosecute the bullies for assault for each thing that they threw, then sue their parents.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Yeah, not the way to handle it. The bullying does need to be address too, this does not mitigate that.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I certainly hope the boys who threw rocks at the girls are arrested and punished as well.

more purging needed
more purging needed

First, I hope the father only gets a minor fine. There was no real physical harm that took place. Second, I understand the immediate rage and need to get some real justice in this PC world of "Put 'em in time-out". But...I do believe learning took place, though...the kid was scared the next day. If he could have remained calm enough he could have gone to the parents and asked them if he could get extremely ugly with the kid in their presence doing ANYTHING short of touching the kid. That might have put the fear of God in him. Next best thing to that would be if he could ask the father to do it to the son in the presence of the girl's father. If they didn't agree to that then Whip the father's ass while the kid watched and take the misdemeanor fine. It's better than a felony and the whole family learns that there are consequences for bullying.

Judicialenforcement1
Judicialenforcement1

First, why didn't the witness who observed the incident report it immediately and not wait until it blew up? Could it be she realized it was not serious? Second, this is the type of bullying that children younger than this are committing suicide. They cannot take it anymore. Third, if the boys threw ONE rock at her, that is assault.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

I blame the damned parents of this boy! No excuse for the stepfathers actions! Should have dalled the parents instead. Probably wouldn't have done anygood, but....

Nolan T.
Nolan T.

No excuse for the action taken by the Step Dad, Other ways were entirely possible within the school system (Although the school systems ways of dealing with bullying doesn't work very well, I personally have seen it with my sister). But the dad got his point across. "The following day, the boy told his teacher he was scared to go to lunch because he didn’t want to see Peace’s stepdaughter, KHOU reported."

Grog
Grog

He should have slapped the kid's parents! A 37 year old doesn't slap a 12 year old.

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

Problem is the bullies get away with it because everyone is scared of being sued for everything. So nobody does anything about it. The kid might get a good talking to & say “yes sir” then he walks out laughing & does it again the next day. You have to video him doing it & call the police. It’s a pain but the only way to be sure something is done about it.

Guitarplayer
Guitarplayer

The little punk needed to be slapped the only thing that got hurt was the big ego he's got, no way way would I convict that Dad if I was on the jury, everyone sticks up for the bully oh boo hoo, I bet he doesn't bully her again

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

So the boy didn't retaliate after the girls stepdad slapped him?? Of course not. He would never pick on someone bigger than himself. He only picks on girls. His parents better get him under control now before he winds up in serious trouble. As for the stepdad.. NO he should not have slapped the kid.

The express
The express

The man should have went to the kids house and told his Mother and father about it. If they did nothing then he can do what he did.

junkmansj
junkmansj

Years ago I worked with a mason, local mid teen kids were harrasing his mother. He went to the leadrrs house , told his father that if his son did not stop his shit. He was coming back and kick his butt. Two days later the kid and a friend went back and started the problems sgain. My friend beat went to the house and pulled dad out the door and thrashed him pretty good. Problem solved! No further harrasment

PaulSutliff
PaulSutliff

So he got slapped. I see nothing wrong here.

365
365

Once had a couple of parents complain that a girl's dad grabbed their kid and threatened him, no damage. Their kid had thrown a rock, hit the girl in the head - she needed stitches, may have had a concussion. They were demanding I arrest the dad. I explained that the only reason I wasn't arresting their kid was because the girl's dad didn't want me to. Told them I would gladly change my mind if they kept arguing with me. The husband had to physically restrain his wife. She damn near got a ride for assaulting me, sitting next to her kid, who would have gone with her. Wonder where her son got his attitude? That's a rhetorical question - we all know the answer.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

This isn't self defense; the father made the decision to stop the car and confront the boy, which resulted in him striking the boy. He's 37, the boy is 12; father deserves to be criminally charged, and if I the boys parents, I would be demanding it. I'm not saying the bully was right, but two wrongs don't make a right. There really isn't any justifiable defense for his actions.

The boy should also be charged with harassment and assault for throwing rocks at the girl. And the parents should be ashamed for allowing this type of behavior to occur.

186
186

Really no excuse for hitting a child, bully or not. A number of ways this should have been handled Talking with the parents, and the school would be a start, if that didn't work Call the police, nothing like a 245 pound Street Monster, to put the fear of god into a 12 year old

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

The kid deserved to get something coming to him. That’s what he gets for being a bully. No parent wants to hear about their kid getting bullied. Now, what that kid had coming to him would be the decision of each individual parent. This one decided to “slap” the kid. Was it right? Probably not. Did it work? Fuck yeah it did. He was SCARED TO SEE THE GIRL HE WAS BULLYING AT RECESS! Dad may have gotten arrested for a felony initially, but It’ll probably get reduced and pay a fine. Especially when the parents realize their kid is an asshole for doing that to a girl. Where has the morals gone in this day and age now? Back in the day if a boy went home crying because the parent of a kid whom he was bullying yelled at him, the kids parents would talk with the boy and take action on their own. Now days. These fuckin millennial parents blame the police, blame the other person, blame the schools, blame the teachers, blame the video games, want to see physical proof, but never take responsibility for their own kid. Everyone is always against their kid. All a parent had to do was tell the other parent back in the day, and that was good enough.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I hear you guys. The reality of it all is, the boy will never really get anything as far as real punishment by the school, law, or especially the parents. If the stepdad sacrificed his image, for his stepdaughter, that’s his choice, right or wrong, that’s more than some parents would do for their own kids. So to me, he got what he deserved, who he got it from is not my condoning or disagreeing. It just is what it is and it happened.

richard233
richard233

The parents of the boy should be slapped instead and they can pass on the appropriate "wisdom" to their child.

Bilger11
Bilger11

Go beat the hell out of his dad!

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

Why didn't the boy go to his parents instead of his teacher. Could be because the parents would have known that there son deserved it. I dought that it was the first time that he bullied someone. Know the law is making it a Federal Offense protecting the bully and not giving a crap of the fear that the girl went thru. Know the bully has more credit as Bullying under his belt and promise you he'll work his way up to murder if he doesn't get his way. I give the girls father a job well done in protecting your daughter because apparently he's not getting a raising from his parents and the school has most likely ignored his previous bulling episodes where they should have intervened because one day one of those being bullied may go on a shooting spree at the school for ignoring his being bullied then they as usual will blame it on guns as usual and call again for gun control while again ignoring the truth of the bullied students that can't take it anymore. TGE REAL PROBLEM PEOE IS THE BULLYING. GET THE BULLIES OUT OUR SCHOOLS AND ENROLL THEM INTO A BOOTCAMP STRUCTURED SCHOOL TO GET THEM ON THE RIGHT TRACK TO LIVE A GOOD LIFE INSTEAD OF THE DISTRUCTIVE LIFE HE'S HEADING FOR KNOW.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

The kid got what he had coming to him - end of story. Leave everyone else out of this.

UhO5O
UhO5O

My twins are fraternal. They are adults now but one has always been larger than the other. They don't even have the same hair and eyes colour. While in middle school riding the bus home the smaller one was attempting to get off at their stop. A girl had her leg across the walkway and refused to move it. Every time he tried to step over it she would raise it and kick him in the crotch. The bigger one stepped back on the bus to see what was keeping his brother. The driver was yelling at my son to quit playing and get off the bus. He tried to tell her what was going on and she laughed because he couldn't step over her leg. The bigger of the two saw the situation and whisper to his brother that he was going to slap her. He said it will distract her and he could get over her leg. He said he had tried threats to no avail and her face was the only part of her he could reach to hit. Which I personally had no problem with. It worked and he was able exit the bus. The driver told brother she was reporting him for slapping a girl. She did and the school at first suspended them for 5 days for fighting. She was not suspended. When I spoke to the disciplinary principal all he wanted to say was but he slapped a girl. After he and I watched the tape together and he cringed every time the smaller one was kicked in the ground, he decided a day for all parties involved was enough. But it's not always that way.