Exactly. That's how the law works in FL and other places. And I agree it's pretty twisted.
That's why you always hear people say "I didn't throw the first punch." Throwing the first punch is nearly always considered the most aggravating factor and used in self-defense counter-arguments.
But if you think about it, being followed isn't necessarily grounds for attacking, because it sets a horrible precedent and slippery slope.
Example: I'm walking through the city at night. Someone's following me, at every turn, I become alarmed and punch him in the mouth. What if he was gonna ask me for directions, hand me a club flyer, ask for change, etc.?
See how that could be perceived as a slippery slope? That would create an incredibly schizophrenic community if every time you become paranoid, you could strike. That's why law is so interesting. So much open for interpretation.
And it's also important to know what exactly happened in this case. What if he was cornered and GZ said something threatening? What other alternative does a scared 17 year old have? Maybe he feared for his life? That's another possibility. No one knows though.
See your not telling the whole sitatuion.
IF your in fear because your hiding duck and dodging away from a person that keeps following then the person get out his car to hunt you down in darkness your dang right your in the right to defend yourself.
Let me get followed and somebody get out their car and surprise me from behind, im knocking that person asking question later