Originally Posted by Chain
If the "suspect" truly wanted to avoid the fight and this was a self-defense issue (yep, even a pre-emptive strike can be legally ruled as self defense under certain conditions), then everything I said in my first post in this thread changes . . .
According to the media, the authorities are still collecting statements from witnesses.
I just know how many times this could have happened to me growing up, and no, we never thought about the possibilities of serious injury or death when we were duking it out, so I'm leaning towards the side that says the kid should not be charged (at least until further evidence is brought out).
I have always taught my son not to start a fight, but to never shy away from defending himself or a friend if need be, which is why I took such an interest in this incident.
Chain, there's one thing in your statement that did jump out at me, since I'm playing this thing through my head in both "what if" directions, (what if my son was the one who threw the punch or what if my son was the one who died), and that's where you said "a set of parents lost a child." IMO, as sad as it is, just because the parents lost a child does not automatically mean that someone has to go to jail. I realize you qualified your comments in your subsequent post, but that comment seemed to stand alone.
As tragic as this incident is, I have to say that it was nice to hear about a fight that didn't involve weapons.