A stepfather is in hot water after he allegedly slapped a 12-year-old boy in the face.

According to ABC 13, Deer Park, Texas police charged James Olander Peace with felony injury to a child as a result of the assault.

The assault reportedly took place because Peace believed the 12-year-old was bullying his stepdaughter.

Peace’s wife told ABC 13 that her husband was sticking up for her daughter, who told them that the 12-year-old and his friends were mocking her during her walk home from school.

The mom explained:

“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.”

It was after the girl was mocked and had ice cream thrown at her that she called Peace to ask for a ride home.

Peace came upon his stepdaughter’s alleged bullies while on his way home with his stepdaughter. According to Deer Park Police Lutenient Chris Brown, Peace got out of his vehicle to confront the 12-year-old and his friends:

“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.”

Lutenient Brown continued:

“He was slapped across the face with an open hand, had red marks and swelling to his cheek and upper jaw.”

According to investigators, the assault was caught on nearby surveillance cameras. The footage from those cameras is aiding in the ongoing investigation.

The 12-year-old reportedly told police that after Peace hit him, he threatened to beat them up if they told anyone about the slap.

Peace’s wife told ABC 13 that she does not condone her husband’s actions, adding that she believes his emotions got the best of him:

“I do not agree with what he did, he took it too far, he did.”

It was not made clear if the surveillance cameras also caught the 12-year-old throwing ice cream and rocks at Peace’s stepdaughter, or if the boy faces any repercussions for his alleged actions as well.

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78 Replies to “Mom Says Husband ‘Took it too Far’ After He Slapped His Stepdaughter’s Alleged Bully in the Face”

  • Alyssa 2 years ago

    I think the little punk should have been happy Dad just slapped him. He has “some swelling to his cheek and upper jaw”? Man up! You were big enough to dish it out and bully a girl and throw stuff at her, but not big enough to take it.

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  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Slap them punks like Jussie Smullet ought to be slapped.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Slap em!!

  • Cara 2 years ago

    Good for him!! It makes me so angry that “children” are allowed to harass each other and adults with no consequences. If the little brat got some consequences for his actions more often, he probably wouldn’t be acting like that in the first place. But next time, Dad, pay a huge 16 year old to do it for you.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Not every day do you hear about stepparents sticking up for their stepchildren. This stepdad deserves a high-five in my book! And I agree… if the lil punk can dish it out then be better buck up and take the slap. It was a b**ch slap. Should be lucky thats all it was. I’d do the same for my kids and step kids if they were ever in that situation.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    HAhaha good thinking

  • Thomas Ianello 2 years ago

    I would do the same “in the moment”, but I wouldn’t drive by the kids just to get out and confront him. First rational thing I’d do is contact the parents directly just to see what kind of people you’re dealing with then take it from there. I don’t think he should get any “felony” charges brought up against him, though a good talking to and a slap on the wrist come to mind!

  • Karen Receveur 2 years ago

    He my have taken it a little too far but I sue love seeing a father standing up for his step daughter Good man involved with punks sad the boys should be the ones arrested sure taught them to respect other ya right I pray this family man gets off as far as I am concerned he is my hero for the day

  • Catherine McIver 2 years ago

    The kid got what he deserved! I’m glad this dad stepped up to the bullies! He shouldn’t be charged at all, much less a felony charge!

  • Mj 2 years ago

    I honestly can’t say I blame him. Kids get away with way too much these days. This 12 year old will definitely think twice about what he says to another in the future for fear of the reprocussion it may bring. It’s a shame she didn’t have an older brother under 18. The outcome would be much different.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I would have close fisted the little punk instead of slapping him. He could have really hurt the little girl with a rock let alone the emotional abuse he caused

  • Michelle M Mosley 2 years ago

    I agree and would have done the same thing. Bullies make me so mad!!

  • Mimit 2 years ago

    I belive he did what the boys family should have been doing.

  • Tim Schubert 2 years ago

    When I was about 14, a neighbor threw a rock at one of my sister’s friends. When they came home and her friend was crying, I asked what happened. I went, found the kid, grabbed him by the arm and dragged him to his house. When I told his Mother what he had done, she didn’t seem especially upset about what her little delinquent had done. A few minutes later, he left his house again and I told him that if I ever saw him, or heard of him throwing rocks at anybody, I wouldn’t take him to his Mother, I’d take care of it myself. I scared the crap out of him and he knew me well enough to know that I didn’t make idle threats. I never had to carry through with my threat, which I would have done. While things are different today, you must always stand up to bullies.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    To bad his parents didn’t slap him first! I would have give all the bullies. An asswhipping they wouldn’t forget anytime soon!

  • Christie 2 years ago

    If the boys assaulted her, it is the father’s responsibility to protect his daughter. Dad should have taken the boy out of eyesight of the camera.

  • Chelsea 2 years ago

    You Go Step Dad! I have never made a comment on “News” or political issues before but my gosh I just have to comment. You did what we ALL want to do when ANYONE hurts a child, especially one of your own! I absolutely applaud you, a little “tough guy” was given what he deserved.

  • Anonymous; 2 years ago

    I hope there is footage showing that, that kid was indeed bullying this girl. I think that the first thing the parents should check into. I can only imagine, how that boy will treat a woman when he grows up. I was bullied when I was in school, and believe me it wasn’t fun. I hope this kid gets bullied some day just to see how it feels.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    i would have done the same he deserved it

  • peggy 2 years ago

    Back in the day if you were messing with someone then their parent would whip your butt or pull you by the ear to your own house to talk to your parents. And then the parents whipped your butt. Now days nothing is done to the bullies and the kids are committing suicide! Shame on society for sticking up for these bullies-there was more than 1 boy against a 12 year old girl….good for the step-dad for sticking up for her. I probably wouldn’t have slapped him-I would’ve made the daughter do it and more than once, then threaten the punk if he EVER even looked at her wrong again there would be more where that came from but from someone he didn’t know and at a time when he wouldn’t be expecting it

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I hope the charges get dropped…these kids need discipline and he apparentley wasnt getting it at home

  • Marcia hazen 2 years ago

    Let us as parents put are kids in line like we where at that age, now the kids do and say whatever they want to and nobody can do anything about it. The boys need to learn and the lawmaker have to back off, wow laws are all for kids doing wrong and the parents are in jail for it, are lawmaker have this really messed up. As far as the set dad great job, your not alone,

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I would of slapped him also!!

  • Paula Price 2 years ago

    Everyone’s getting tired of this bullying mess.
    Start holding parents responsible for their little moochers misbehaving. That will help, I do believe.

  • Vernon 2 years ago

    When he gets out of jail he needs to go slap the kids dad a few times just for good measure.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Maybe if his parents would of slapped him a long time ago then maybe he would not be a bully and respect women! Hell dad probably bullies mom. That’s where he learned it from

  • Mary Smith 2 years ago

    Sorry but bullying has gone way to far !! I am not saying what the stepfather did was the best choice!! BUT , please do not make this bully a victim here . He got slapped across the face , there is NO damage ( except to him cockie pride) It’s only this young generation that has never been spanked or back hand for there behavior and that is why we have so much of this Bullying! When I was young anyone Caught doing or disrespecting anyone ,they where was more afraid of their parents because they Knew they would get their ass beat when they got home !! Now the parents spend more time putting the blame on everyone else except the little brat they are raising! This boys parents I hope are punishing this child and not coddling him , and although I may not be happy with the man that slapped my child. I sure can understand the frustration Of any parent dealing with the heart ache of their child being bullied! If any child has been hurt the worst it surely IS NOT the boy that got slapped, it’s the little girl here that is the victim.What charges are being given to the Bully? He surely should be changed with something as a Juvenile little punk ??

  • Russ Lambert 2 years ago

    The step-dad didn’t do anything wrong. The kid will think twice before doing it again. If it goes to court I’d love to be on the jury.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Hopefully the parents will Thank him and demand charges be dropped. Maybe it will set an example best not bully, or ya might just get slapped, or a good ole fashion spanking.

  • Lazara 2 years ago

    Kudos to this father!; if every parent/relative shows the bully’s that they also can be into hot water they are going to think about bullying.
    p.s. I acknowledge that it was a kid.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I don’t feel the Stepfather did wrong! More Parents need to be sticking up for there kids who are being bullied by other kids! The parents of these kids bullying others need to be fined and start making their children responsible for abusing other children?

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Closed fist deck his disrespectful, poorly raised, punk ass. Treating anyone like that, let alone a girl, and all you got was a slap? Tie him up and beam him with ice cream and rocks

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    When I was growing up the grownups took action when parents weren’t around. Kids had respect for all adults. These days adults stand around and well there’s nothing I can do.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Sounds like punkass got what he deserved. Woman should stand by her husband after all it was her daughter. Had a punkass do the unthinkable to my daughter. I gladly stand by her, his dumbass has NO relationship with his Dad cause he couldn’t control his penis. So YES I hate child molesters and bullies!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I might have slapped him, too. It’s not right, but I might have done the same.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    GO DAD!!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    He deserved it.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    How many kids have committed suicide because of being bullied! I’m glad he slapped the kid in his face, hope he learned his lesson.

  • Beth 2 years ago

    Kiddos! Most young kids have no respect or manners anymore

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Good job

  • LP 2 years ago

    He might have let his emotions get the best of him! But, I understand he was upset for his daughter! I hope the bully got the message!!

  • Dennis 2 years ago

    The guy was protecting his step daughter. I would have done same thing. That’s the problem with kids now days they can’t be correct without yelling abuses. Change the laws back it didn’t hurt me growing up and I’m 60!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I think the boy deserved it. His parents should teach their son better manners.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Bout time someone taught the bully manners. Hail to the step father.

  • william craigie 2 years ago

    Take them home and slap their parents

  • Kandi 2 years ago

    Welp, he definitely did something wrong. No doubt about that. For those of you saying that he did nothing wrong, I would say you are completely inaccurate. You can’t just be jumping out of you vehicles and putting your hands on someone else’s kid. Thankfully this main and some kind of restraint and only slapped him, but what if he lost his temper and couldn’t control his strength, then what would everyone would be saying? I agree th boy probably deserved it, I’m sure the man got out to say something to the little F$@ker and the kid, the nasty entitled a$$ he is, probably smarter off, triggering Mr. peace to slap him. For every action there is a reaction. The boy bullied his daughter and got slapped, and the stepfather slapped a kad and got a charge. A valid charge, that I would most certainly catch any day of the week for my babies. But now on the other hand, if I was the boys mom, I would also catch a charge once this man(Mr. Peace)got out of jail. No grown man or woman really has the right to put their hands on a child like that… so as a parent I can see both sides of the road… the last note… It is very heart warming that a STEP FATHER felt so passionate about his step daughter that he “took it to far” I really feel like the boys response to whatever Me. peace said to him when exiting the vehicle is what triggered the slap. Surely I won’t believe he got out and slapped him without saying anything lol ?

  • Lori 2 years ago

    I’ll bet the farm that little asshole will not even look at that girl again! He deserved it but.. Grown men should not be hitting other people kids.

  • Vicki 2 years ago

    He definitely should not have put his hands on another’s child (speaking as a mom) but (also speaking as a mom) that little punk deserved it!

  • Kim 2 years ago

    He was wrong to slap the 12 year old. Period. He is the adult and should act like it. Two wrongs don’t make a right. There were many more options on how to deal with these bullies, that would have possibly made a difference in their attitudes. It’s a shame that the step dad didn’t make this into a move in the right direction because he basically bullied a bully. Dumb.

  • Lance Merlin 2 years ago

    Once they threw rocks, they deserved to be beat with rocks. He’s lucky he only got a slap. Big man on campus with friends attacking a little girl. But, can they prove the rocks.

  • Holly 2 years ago

    So Stupid! Maybe if the 12 year old little bully would have got his ass spanked growing up he wouldn’t act the way he does now! Seriously the dad getting a felony charge for that? He was only protecting his daughter. I would want to beat the little brat punks ass also!!! This is what’s wrong with this world.

  • Robyn Cloke 2 years ago

    I’m glad he slapped that little piece of shit.

  • Christina 2 years ago

    I’m torn in the slapping..but so many kids take thier own lives each day from being bullied and nothing gets done to stop it.so this father stuck up for her since noone else will. Parents often stick up.for thier kids who are the bullies and noone steps in to stop these damn kids…

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I was bullied as a kid. I wish I had someone to stand up for me like that. Kudos to that man and shame on that boy.

  • Amanda 2 years ago

    I agree with the step dad. I had a 12 year old girl bullying my niece and sixth graduation the followed her into a bathroom and I saw it and sprinted into that bathroom and told them to quit their shit and get their moms. Folllowed then out to their mom and told her off. Parents who don’t correct their kids’ actions suck. It’s not about being ‘weak’ it’s about respecting your peers.

  • Raymond Robinson 2 years ago

    If he was my kid, he would have gotten a lot worse when he arrived home. We are reaping what we are raising folks.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    it depends on whether the boys did what she said. If they did, they deserved more than the slap they got, if they didnt, then the father deserves whatever he gets

  • Sierra Bennett 2 years ago

    I think the step dad did right! Good for him sticking up for his step kid. This man does not deserve to be charged with anything!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Those kids should also be charged with assault

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Go Dad!!!!!!! Yes it sure could have been handled differently. I bet the bully will not do it again. The bully should face some charges to cause they provoked the incident. BULLING IS NOT OK EVER!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    OMG HE NEEDS TO DIVORCE THAT CRAZY B+++++++ That DID NOT APPRECIATE THE MAN TAKING UP FOR HER DAUGHTER !!!! HE could have laughed at her with the bullies… Would she have defended him then???? Open handed slap !!! Give me a brake !!! ANYONE that has ANYTHING BAD to say about this STEP DAD needs to go away and get a life in their never never land. I PRAISE THIS MAN !!!

  • Nancy S. Cullen 2 years ago

    I’m so proud of that step Dad protecting his step daughter.My daughter was bullied at school & attacked many times when I went to the school said they could do nothing.The girl had her mom go along & send some one to my house to pick my daughter up so her daughter could beat her up.Lucky something told me to stay home from work.She then attacked my daughter at school.She never went back because when she fort back they wanted to send her to a trouble school.Her plan was to become a lawyer.She never finished school & got a GED.After having her hospitalized they made fun of her.She’s never have been her happy self she’s 36 now & hardly ever leaves house months at a time.My son was bullied alot because he was skinny kid with glasses.When he finally fort back after they broke his glasses they called me to school when They said he fort back I patted him on the back & said I was so proud of him.The principal had me locked up on false charges.Spent 5 days in jail till court & proved they were false charges.He never went back to school after he got out if hospital.Parents need to disaplin these rotten child that put other children through hell.Some of these adults are no better.

  • Clara Richards 2 years ago

    I applaud him for wanting to protect his stepdaughter. However I agree with his wife that he let his emotions get the best of him. That being said however, there is a fine line between bullying and possibly causing serious bodily harm to the girl. They need to be held accountable for their actions. Sensitive issue.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I really believe some kids take bullying too far. They don’t know when to stop and how much words and not to mention the items hurt someone. My daughter was bullied in school and is scarred still years later. However we as adults need to let authorities handle the punishment. God is the one the bullies Have to answer to. My prayers are with everyone involved.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    He had every right to protect his daughter. If he didn’t no one would.

  • J 2 years ago

    They are lucky that’s all the step dad did. My son was bullied and I did include the police and they did nothing to help. We moved to another town. My son is still emotional about those things. He’s now 28. Good for the dad.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    He did what the boys father should have done.

  • David 2 years ago

    Very stupid move on the stepfathers part. The stepfather and the daughter should have went to the instigator’s parents home and spoke with the parents. Then, if no action was satisfactory, the authorities should have been brought in. Then, if no action was satisfactory the the stepfather should have confronted the instigator’s father in the early morning hours with a baseball bat and showed him what bullying is.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    He deserved to get the taste slapped out of his mouth. If he wants to call the parents we can all scrap

  • DA 2 years ago

    He deserved to get the taste slapped out of his mouth. If he wants to call the parents we can all scrap

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Slap the bully harder

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    its time for bully to stop parents need to step in its so very wrong to

  • Amber 2 years ago

    It obviously wasn’t right….but when it’s your child you are protecting, sometimes your emotions get the best of you. And those boys are bullies….I bet they’ll think twice about bullying someone else.

  • Steve 2 years ago

    Maybe that’s what they need sometimes. That’s to bad . It happen . These teenagers are sometimes so disrespectful and out of hand . It’s hard for any adult to control your a teen that wants to be a bully . And keep your composure . When they are being mean to there siblings or anyone else .

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I think the boy deserved a slap—open handed at that. That’s what happens when children aren’t corrected or spanked at home.

  • Ruth Tyler 2 years ago

    He had no business being a bully and the slap didn’t hurt him as bad as he is making out. Maybe it will teach him a lesson and he knows what it feels like to be picked on.

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