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Rutgers Staffer Who Put Student in Headlock Won't Face Charges

A Rutgers University employee who placed a student in a headlock won't face criminal charges, school officials said. 

Spokesman E.J. Miranda tells the student involved in the July 20 encounter hasn't been responsive to multiple requests from authorities.

The staffer put the student in the headlock during a board of governors meeting prior to a vote on tuition. It was captured on video by the student newspaper, the Daily Targum.

While the board was in closed session, the student began reading documents prepared for board members and ignored requests from the staff member to return the papers. The video shows the staff member chasing the student around a table and wrapping his arms around his head and chest.

"How many times do I have to tell you? Three times already, right? At least," he says to the student before putting him in a headlock. The student appears to laugh and flings the binder away. The staffer then releases him, and the student walks away. 

Rutgers hasn't disclosed the name of the employee, a facilities staff member.

The campus newspaper said the student was part of a coalition of Rutgers students that was pushing for a tuition rollback of 2.5 percent, which would save the average student about $350 a year.  

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