DEER PARK, Texas – A Texas father was arrested after slapping a 12-year-old boy who was picking on his stepdaughter, police say.
According to KTRK, the incident happened last week. James Peace is charged with felony injury to a child.
Peace’s wife said her husband was sticking up for the girl after a 12-year-old classmate bullied her while she was walking home from school.
“Saying that her body was ugly, said that she was [transgender], started throwing ice cream at her and then they picked up the rocks," the woman, who asked not to be identified, told KTRK.
The daughter called for someone to pick her up. While they were on the way home, Peace saw the boy and confronted 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 told KTRK.
Surveillance cameras captured the incident. Police said Peace shouted at the 12-year-old and then slapped him.
"[The boy] was slapped across the face with an open hand, had red marks and swelling to his cheek and upper jaw," said Lt. Chris Brown with the Deer Park Police Department.
Peace said his emotions get the best of him and apologized for his actions.
"I am sorry for that," he said. "I wish I would have approached it differently."
His wife also said he went too far.
"I do not agree with what he did. He took it too far. He did," she said.