An unorthodox method of settling an argument amongst high schoolers has led to the death of an 18-year-old in Snohomish County, Washington. According to Q13 Fox, Jarom Thomas died of blunt force injuries after being punched in the face by 18-year-old Michael Galen in order to settle a fight over a minor car crash outside a party. Thomas allegedly allowed Galen to hit him in the face as a punishment for the accident. The two were students together at Crossroads High School in Granite Falls, Washington, and had known each other for several years.
Galen’s father claimed that his son was friends with Thomas and that the incident got out of hand because they were all drinking. “Michael said to me, ‘Dad, he was my friend, when he got in my face, he told me to hit him because of that.’ They were all drinking and things got out of hand,” said Galen’s father Mike. “I’m really sorry for the family, their loss, I’m really sorry. If I could do something I would, OK? Please, I’m sorry.”
According to police documents, the two shook hands in agreement for the punishment after arguing about Thomas backing his car into Galen’s vehicle. The two even reportedly smoked a cigarette together before Galen delivered the punch. Thomas fell to the ground as a result of the blow and hit his head, falling unconscious. He died later at Providence Colby Hospital.
Galen has since been taken into custody and is being held in Snohomish County Jail on charges of second-degree manslaughter.
Sources: Pix 11, Q13 Fox