A Deer Park, Texas stepfather is speaking out after he was arrested and charged for slapping his stepdaughter’s alleged bully in the face.

As Dearly previously reported, James Peace was charged with felony injury to a child after he slapped the 12-year-old with an open hand.

According to ABC 13, Peace’s stepdaughter called him for a ride one day as she was walking home from school after reportedly being mocked by the 12-year-old and his friends.

Peace’s wife 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.”

Peace’s stepdaughter, Presleigh Rigney, told KTRK that she asked the alleged bully to “stop a couple of times”:

“He was calling me transgender and saying I had no chest. He was saying just a bunch of mean things and it was very hurtful.”

After picking his stepdaughter up, Peace came across the 12-year-old walking and stopped to confront him about his behavior.

As Deer Park Police Lutenient Chris Brown told ABC 13, that’s when the assault took place, which was also captured by nearby surveillance cameras:

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

Now the dad is sharing a part of his side of the story.

In an interview with KTRK, Peace said he lost his cool when the 12-year-old started getting mouthy with him:

“I went up and talked to him and he kept running his mouth. If he was talking to me like that, imagine how he was talking to her.”

Peace added that he knows there is protocol when it comes to dealing with bullies, but that he wanted to attempt to take care of the situation himself.

And according to Peace, the 12-year-old admitted to his actions during their exchange:

“He had been bullying and messing with her all day. He did admit that to me.”

However, Peace also apologized for getting physical, saying, “I am sorry for that. I wish I would have approached it differently”:

“I wish I could go back and change it, but like I said if it was any of my kids I would handle them immediately as soon as I got a story about that.”

Rigney wants other people going through a similar situation to know that they aren’t alone and that it is okay to talk to somebody and ask for help, rather than holding it all in.

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15 Replies to “Stepfather Who Slapped Stepdaughter’s Alleged Bully Speaks Out. Says He Could Have Handled It Differently”

  • Bethany Angles 8 months ago

    I can totally understand why the stepdad did this. He was defending his stepdaughter. That kid that was treating the girl needed something. Yes it may have been harsh but I bet the kid doesn’t do it again. I can’t see where a child would have swelling from a slap. He probably deserved more. At least he was defending her!!!

  • Anonymous 8 months ago

    Kids are committing suicide because of these bullies. They need to be punished in some way to stop them from doing such a harmful thing. If that had been my child it’s no telling what I would do. That’s my child and you don’t get away with that. Even if the father had gone to the parents they probably wouldn’t have done anything to punish the BAD KID.

  • Anonymous 8 months ago

    Listen like her mother I don’t condone physical violence of any kind, this was a slap not abuse, he gets Father of The Year award from me, If that would have been me finding that kid, it would have been alot worse for that kid and his parents!!!

  • Anonymous 8 months ago

    Parents should be slapped for raising a child that behaves that way. Guy deserves a medal

  • Michael Bankston 8 months ago

    If I was the parent, I would contact the bully’s parents. That is exactly what the stepfather should have done.

  • Deb yates 8 months ago

    Slap him again. Unfortunately parents of bullies are the ones who brought their kids up that way, & most of the school officials do nothing. I would not let my child be terrorized either. If you don’t stand up for your kid, who will?d

  • Anonymous 8 months ago

    And chances are the child would not be disciplined and the reporter would be victimized again. It Takes A Village To Raise A Child is no longer relevant and what a shame.

  • Cathy Bartolovich 8 months ago

    Sure, fine him for assault but, also fine that ‘bully’ for assault as well!!! As a parent and grandparent, I can understand how he lost his temper, especially if the little brat was talking back at him. How disrespectful!!

  • Anonymous 8 months ago

    Should have slapped him twice.

  • Anonymous 8 months ago

    If the mouthy loser was harassing this young lady all day, this probably went on during school time, so where were the teachers? This young lady should have told the teachers! I feel for her stepfather cause have been in a similar situation. Stepdad, if the mouthy loser is filing against you then you get a lawyer and stick it right back at the parents of the loser. Go get the school if any of this happened during school time!!

  • Anonymous 8 months ago

    I AGREE WITH EVERY ONE OF THESE PEOPLE.THIS RULE ABOUT NOT SPANKING YOUR CHILD HAS TURNED THEM INTO LITTLE MONSTERS THAT THINK THEY CAN DO ANYTHING THEY WANT AND GET AWAY WITH IT. I WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME.

  • Anonymous 8 months ago

    I agree whole hardheartedly with your statement. Cathy B.

  • Melody 8 months ago

    I can understand why he did this. To many children are getting bullied and nothing is being done about it. Bullying can destroy a child life. Schools need to be more aware of Bullying and do alot more to prevent this and protect our children. Schools need to make parents aware of what to do if there child is being bullied and make parents aware of what to do with the child who is being a bully. They need to be more strict with Bullying. This is a serious problem. Schools need to do more. And especially parents of children who are bullies. You can help stop this serious problem teach your children. Words do hurt its verbal abuse. And if your child is a bully maybe there is something bothering them. Ask your child more be involved with your child more.

  • Mother's against Bullying 8 months ago

    I can understand why he did this. To many children are getting bullied and nothing is being done about it. Bullying can destroy a child life. Schools need to be more aware of Bullying and do alot more to prevent this and protect our children. Schools need to make parents aware of what to do if there child is being bullied and make parents aware of what to do with the child who is being a bully. They need to be more strict with Bullying. This is a serious problem. Schools need to do more. And especially parents of children who are bullies. You can help stop this serious problem teach your children. Words do hurt its verbal abuse. And if your child is a bully maybe there is something bothering them. Ask your child more be involved with your child more.

  • Shauna 8 months ago

    He should not have to apologize for that. The kid is a punk and deserved the slap. I’m surprised the bully didn’t get worse than a slap.

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