A South Carolina man was arrested after he attacked a 12-year-old boy who allegedly bullied his niece.
Sellmore Stacy Luckie, 38, went to Leslie Stover Middle School in Elgin, South Carolina, on March 22 to have breakfast with his niece, WLTX reported. Shortly after he arrived, the girl pointed out a male classmate that she said had been bullying her.
Luckie then reportedly confronted the boy, grabbed him by the neck, and threw him onto a table.
A teacher in the cafeteria pulled Luckie off the boy. Deputies responding to the incident around 7:40 a.m. then arrested the man and transported him to Kershaw County Detention Center.
Luckie was charged with second-degree assault and battery and disturbing a school.
The man has a prior criminal record, including a charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in 1996 and a marijuana possession charge in 2000, according to The State.
School officials told police that Luckie's breakfast visit with his niece had been arranged ahead of time by the girl's mother and that it was common for students' relatives to come eat a meal with them at school, WLTX reported.
"Under no circumstances is it proper for any adult to enter a school and assault a student regardless of whether a bullying situation took place or not," Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a statement. "If there was in fact a bullying situation, Mr. Luckie’s actions were not the way to address it."