The Iowa high school student who killed a peer with the force of a single punch has been completely cleared of all criminal charges after it was determined that his actions were warranted.
Reports say that Gregary Teer punched 17-year-old Dakota Escritt at Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on September 25. Surveillance video shows Escritt reportedly pushing Teer while the two argue in the hallway. Escritt continues to push Teer until finally, the teen has enough.
Just as Teer starts to walk away, Escritt pushes him one more time, and he is prompted to fight back. Teer shoves Escritt, and as the two raise their fists to fight, Teer swings first, knocking Escritt to the ground.
In the clip, Escritt’s head smacks to the ground before he lifts his arm up and ultimately falls back down to the ground. Sadly, Escritt died as a result of the punch and Teer was charged, but now, after an investigation, all charges against him were dropped because it was determined that Teer was provoked.
“He was shoved three times,” said Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilbur of Teer. “He shoved Dakota back three times. They both swung at each other. Dakota missed and Greg connected.
“There is no question in my mind that Escritt was the initial physical aggressor in this incident,” said Wilbur in a press conference.
Pictured below is Dakota Escritt:
"One punch changes the lives of not only the two young men, but the families and our school and our district forever," said Superintendent Dr. Martha Bruckner
Teer also spoke following the decision to drop charges against him, saying that he was sorry for what happened.
“I’m very sorry for what has happened, what it's accumulated to, and I feel horrible for the situation and for both families, for my family, what I've put them through and Dakota's family also," Teer said. "I didn't mean for any of this to happen. I don't think anybody did."
Pictured Below Is Gregary Teer:
As for Escritt’s family, they seem to be trying to figure out how to move on without him here.
“He was more than a miracle to me because he was my lifesaver, he was the driving force in me, the motivation," Dakota’s father Josh Escritt said. "My heart is ripped out. I've been through a lot in life and I never thought, I thought I'd been through the worst feeling and the worst pain inside. And no. Nothing compares to losing your own kid."