'Major Brain Trauma' Kills Student in Frat Hazing

Baruch College in New York disavows pledge ritual
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2013 8:48 AM CST
'Major Brain Trauma' Kills Student in Frat Hazing

Prosecutors are looking into the death of a Baruch College freshman who died this weekend during a fraternity pledging ritual. Chun Hsien "Michael" Deng was one of four pledges from the New York school's chapter of Pi Delta Psi who went on a retreat in Pennsylvania this weekend. There, he played a game called "Glass Ceiling," in which a pledge is blindfolded, given a heavy load to carry, and then told to walk toward a voice while others try to tackle him, the New York Times reports.

Prosecutors say Deng was knocked out during the game, but there was "a considerable delay" before they took him to the hospital. There, doctors determined he'd suffered "major brain trauma" and put him on life support. Baruch says it has a "zero-tolerance" policy on hazing, and the national website for Pi Delta Psi, an Asian-American cultural frat, says it doesn't condone hazing, according to NBC News. (More hazing stories.)

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