Jonathan Nelson at Elm Street Elementary School dies in Bentonville

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    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Bentonville police have identified a student who died when a soccer goal fell on him as 9-year-old Jonathan Nelson.

    Police say the fourth-grader was playing with other Elm Tree Elementary students when the goal fell over about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Nelson was taken to Northwest Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

    Police Lt. Jon Simpson said officers will interview students after they've undergone grief counseling Thursday at the school.

    Bentonville Superintendent Gary Compton told the Northwest Arkansas Times on Wednesday that the goal fell on the boy. It's not known how the goal tipped over or what part of the child's body was hit.

    Compton said two school nurses treated Nelson at the school until paramedics arrived.

    THV's Meredith Mitchell went around and checked on some of the soccer fields in Central Arkansas to see how secure goals are there.

    At Burns Park in North Little Rock, dozens of goals sit on 17 soccer fields. When checking the safety at Burns Park, we found all goals are anchored by sandbags to keep from tipping over.

    However, at Murray Park in Little Rock, we found a smaller goal sitting on uneven ground.  It only took a small push to topple the metal goal over.

    Certified Soccer Referee Kevin Kaye says goals are top heavy unless properly secured,"If I was to put weight on the front of this goal you'll see it's not going to go, it's not going to swing."

    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 34 children have been killed by soccer goal tip-overs since 1979 and 200 injured every year.

    Most accidents happen when kids swing from the crossbars.
    And several you-tube videos show teens doing just that.

    In Bentonville Thursday, officials performed safety checks at various schools around the area in hopes of preventing another tragic accident.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) 

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