James Olander Peace

(Meredith) - A Texas man was arrested for slapping a 12-year-old boy accused of bullying his stepdaughter, police said. 

James Olander Peace, 37, is charged with one count of felony injury to a child, KTRK reported. 

Peace's wife, who did not want to be named, told the station their 12-year-old daughter was walking home from school in Deer Park, Texas on Feb. 14 when two boys began teasing her. She said they called the girl  "a transvestite" and "threw ice cream at her." 

The girl then called her parents to get a ride home, so she could escape the alleged bullies. Deer Park Police Lt. Chris Brown said when Peace picked up his stepdaughter, he confronted one of the boys.

"On the drive home, they happened to see the juvenile suspect walking and that's when the stepdad decided to stop and confront the kid," Brown said in an interview with KTRK.

The Deer Park Police Department reportedly obtained nearby surveillance video that showed Peace shouting at the boy before hitting him.

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

The following day, the boy told a teacher that he was afraid to go to lunch because he didn't want to see Peace's stepdaughter, according to KHOU. That's how school counselors reportedly found out about the case.

Peace was later released on $15,000 bond, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, citing jail records. 

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(5) comments

Omegafire

Sounds like the little jerk got what he deserved. That's the problem with kids now a days, no respect for anyone, they get away with it because everyone is afraid to get arrested. That and the parents want to be their kid's friend instead of a parent.

Waterbury Wonder

I'm lost. Where is the issue here? Sounds like things got handled just fine.

wwilber

He gets arrested and the bullying kid gets away with it? Someone should set up a fund for the father. and he should be congratulated

Truthseeker

As usual, there is a lot of missing information. However, from what is reported, Mr Pease may or may not have rushed to judgement. Does that mean he should be thrown in jail? If yes, then why is CNN not in jail for their constant rush to judgement. But the real issue is that the bully got away with it and is consoled when he's 'afraid to be confronted' by the girl he was bulling the day before. WTF is wrong with people who allow this to happen?

jimbates

you cant possibly be that gullible. duh, build a wall around cnn. duh.

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