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ASU official: No charges in golf-club accident

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 22, 2014 at 7:46 a.m.

JONESBORO — An Arkansas State University vice chancellor says he doesn't expect charges to be filed in the freak injury of a student who was impaled in the neck by a broken golf club.

Natalie Jo Eaton was hit in the neck Tuesday night at Arkansas State University's Kappa Alpha fraternity house. A sharp fragment struck part of her spine and nicked an artery.

Witnesses say a 19-year-old fraternity member was using the club like a baseball bat to hit a football when it splintered. It traveled 30 feet before impaling Eaton.

She is being treated at the Regional One Medical Center in Memphis. A hospital official said she remained in critical condition Friday.

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Rick Stripling told KAIT-TV that university authorities don't suspect foul play.

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RBBrittain says... August 22, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.

I don't care if he's the chancellor OR the president of ASU. Unless he's speaking for the Craighead County prosecutor, his opinion on whether or not charges are appropriate is NOT NEWS!!!
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According to the article, the kid was ABUSING the golf club by "using (it) like a baseball bat to hit a football when it splintered". If I were prosecutor and the girl dies, I would SERIOUSLY consider manslaughter or negligent homicide charges (though not murder).

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