An Iowa teenager whose one punch led to an older boy’s death will not face criminal charges, Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber announced at a press conference Wednesday.
Gregary Teer, 16, punched 17-year-old Dakota Escritt after being verbally accosted, followed, and shoved by the older boy. That punch knocked Escritt to the ground, where he hit his head, sustaining a head injury, according to Right Wing News.
Escritt was taken to the hospital, where he died three days later, apparently as a result of the head trauma.
Teer used reasonable force to defend himself against Escritt, Wilbur determined.
“There is no question in my mind that Escritt was the initial physical aggressor in this incident,” Wilber said.
However, the report from WOWT-TV says that Wilber could still face disciplinary action from the school.
Watch the full report from WOWT-TV here:
The death of any teen is a tragedy, of course, even when they are engaged in risky and undesirable behavior, as appears to have been the case here.
Gregary Teer may have been found to have acted reasonably by the legal system — and we certainly don’t disagree — but he will still carry the weight of his schoolmate’s death for a long time to come.
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