Arkansas State Student Impaled by Golf Club at Frat House

Published 08/21 2014 12:43PM

Updated 08/21 2014 12:49PM

Kappa Alpha Fraternity House, 1006 University Loop East in Jonesboro,
Kappa Alpha Fraternity House, 1006 University Loop East in Jonesboro,
JONESBORO, AR - A freshman student and sorority member at Arkansas State University was severely injured when a golf club impaled her Tuesday night at a fraternity house.

According to ASU police, Natalie Jo Eaton, 18, is in critical condition after a golf club impaled the left side of her neck on Tuesday night at an Arkansas State fraternity house.

It happened at the Kappa Alpha Fraternity Housein Jonesboro, just before 6 p.m.

According to police, "rush" activities were taking place at the Kappa Alpha House throughout the afternoon

Officer Bill Brown stated that people were playing games outside before a cookout. The police report stated that as people were standing around the cookout, a 19-year-old man threw a football to a 20-year-old man, who "was going to use a golf club as a bat to hit the football."

When the club hit the ball, the golf club shaft broke, and traveled around 30 feet before it impaled Eaton in the left side of her neck. She was transported first to a local hospital then taken to a Memphis hospital. A second person was hurt, but she told police she was okay. 

A total of nine people witnessed the incident, the police report stated.

Wednesday morning, ASU Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Rick Stripling issued the following statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Natalie Eaton. Once you are here at Arkansas State, you are part of the Red Wolves family.”

Additional counselors and university staff were sent to the hospital and to the site of the accident to provide support to A-State students and the family of the injured student.

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