- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2014

A South Carolina man is accused of whacking his girlfriend across the face with a workbook from his anger-management class, police said.

Spartanburg County deputies have arrested 23-year-old Tyler Ford and 22-year-old Sheelah Thompson for criminal domestic violence.

A police report said the two were arguing about their relationship Monday night at their Spartanburg apartment when Mr. Ford rolled up the book and hit his girlfriend on the cheek.

Ms. Thompson told police she then cut her boyfriend on the arm with a boxcutter because he was trying to strangle her.

Deputies say Mr. Ford had a deep cut on his arm. He confirmed to police that he and his girlfriend had been arguing while watching a movie.

Mr. Ford said he asked Ms. Thompson why she would try to anger him while he’s trying to complete an anger-management class, and she wouldn’t answer and would just shrug, so he hit her, a local NBC affiliate reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.